On July 13, 2021, Black Lives Matter Canada (BLM Canada), a decentralized movement to end anti-Black racism, completed its acquisition of a 10,000-square-foot future cultural centre in Toronto, which will house the new site for the Wildseed Centre for Art and Activism. DLA Piper Canada acted as pro bono legal advisor to BLM Canada on this transaction.
The Wildseed Centre for Art and Activism, planned to launch in 2022, will promote a safe hub for Black community members and organizations to gather, create and grow as a community in the heart of downtown Toronto.
“Our team was proud to have assisted BLM Canada in a pivotal acquisition that is going to have a positive impact on our Black community members of all ages and backgrounds,” said Partner Stephen Morris, who led the firm’s deal team.
Founded in 2017, BLM Canada has seven chapters based in Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Sudbury, Montreal, Fredericton and the Waterloo Region. BLM Canada is a national resource of Black activism in Canada and include a focus on Indigenous Canadians.
DLA Piper (Canada) LLP, led by Relationship Partner Ted Maduri, assists BLM Canada on a variety of pro bono matters.