About

My name is Fanis Juma. My Afro-Indigenous name is Awiti. I come from the Luo and Luhya Peoples of East Africa . My justice-oriented community practice draws from a blend of spiritual, intellectual and political liberation traditions. I’m interested in supporting groups, organizations and systems on a wayfinding journey towards Anti-Racist Anti-Colonial Practice

Land-Based Activist,
Social Work Researcher & Community Practitioner based in Ontario, Canada.

Drawing from years of experience designing, implementing and managing a number of food and environmental justice projects (see: Young City Growers) I can help your organization assess internal food practices and move towards more socially and environmentally conscious outcomes.

As a racial justice educator, I apply an Afrocentric Sharing Circle Model and other models from Afro-Indigenous Liberation traditions to facilitate system-level, agency and group dialogues (for participants of all ages) geared at raising critical Anti-Racist consciousness and strengthening equity practice skills in organizational cultures.

Story-documenting and knowledge production are important tools in advancing liberatory practices for communities, groups and institutions. I have worked on projects (Gahu Research Project, CARE, Project SOIL) that have received various levels of research grants including SSHRC, Women’s College Hospital and municipal environmental funds. As an African Indigenous Knowledge Systems (AIKS) scholar, I am energized about about using creative arts-based and culture-based research practices towards advancing public justice for your group, organization or research project.

For more information about past and ongoing projects please visit: www.africancommunitywellness.org

Recent Projects and Postings

Executive Director at The Bridge From Prisons to Community
(2019 – Present)
I oversee a non profit that has provides reintegration and restorative justice programming in the Hamilton area and Halton Region.

Health Equity Community Researcher at Waterloo Region Public Health
(2019 to Present)

I’m part of a research team that is collecting demographic data to achieve more equitable outcomes for new mothers accessing public health services in the Waterloo Region

Founder, Practitioner at African Community Wellness Initiative
(2010 to Present)

With support from a number of community partners, researchers and cultural leaders, I work to support a number of social, land-based, research and cultural projects that promote holistic community wellness.

Racial Justice Educator & Researcher at Gahu Project
(2018 to Present)

Professional Designation

Registered Social Worker – OASWSSW

Education

Master’s of Social Work – Wilfrid Laurier University

Bachelors of Social Work – University of Waterloo

Bachelors of Arts (Psychology) – Redeemer University College