I came across this random stat:
“The 2001 census identified 33,725 Somalis living in Canada. About half, 17,380, reside in Toronto. Their patterns of immigration date back to the 1970s when many came to Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal. Most came as refugees and settled in Toronto because of the huge Somali community there.” (http://www.diversitywatch.ryerson.ca/backgrounds/somalis.htm)
I don’t know how I feel about the fact that in 2001 there was about 17,380 Somalis that lived in Toronto. I find that very hard to believe! Either our people are not filling out Census forms or the government’s information is incorrect but then again in this article it was not clear as to which Census they are referring to. I have always imagined that the Somali population in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) is about the hundred thousand mark. It also saddens me that there is so much inaction in the Diaspora community in Toronto.There are more than 4.4 million people in Toronto and the Somalis are the largest African community in TORONTO! Do you know what that means? It means a lot of things and it is very sad that we do not leverage our ability to have impact in our own communities.. Anyways, this is just a thought!