VMRTN, (also known as Visible Minority Re-Settlement & Training Network), is a registered, not-for-profit, integrated media / community service corporation set up to cater to the needs of the nation's ever-growing visible minority groups in a unique, all-purpose setting, including helping to fill the communication gaps among the sundry communities.
Research has shown that the mainstream media are not doing justice to the needs of these groups, thereby leading to lack of understanding between these groups and the majority population, and even among the communities themselves. Furthermore, there is a need to give our native languages a pride of place in the community while helping our younger ones, especially foreign-born, to imbibe the richness, history and value in our languages and cultures.
To this effect, we particularly use these media to project the following social and capacity-building activities that form part of our mandate: Senior and Elderly services; Newcomer Referral and Information; Supportive and Peer Counselling; Age/ Sex-appropriate social programs; Drugs/ HIV / AIDS programs; Environmental Awareness; After-school program for kids; Crime Prevention; Single Mothers; etc.
Our radio and TV programs reach out to many continental African residents in Toronto and the GTA. Through these programs we will be able to inform African people about the SDGs. African people are directly affected by issues addressed by these goals. Issues of poverty, poor health and gender inequality affect African people disproportionately so this project will be very helpful in spreading awareness on these issues. African people will understand SDGs and will highly appreciate that Canada is addressing them seriously.