About Us
About Us
Standing on the Shoulders of our Ancestors

Our work is inspired by George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington, Nature’s Garden for Victory and Peace is a Black Indigenous community focused on self-reliance, innovation, working with the “head, hands and heart”.

Ancestor George Washington Carver, scientist, artist, inventor

Ancestor Booker T. Washington

A Village Re-Imagined: How we live at NGVP

Our community is dialogic, experiential, innovative and spirited —A Village Re-Imagined which incorporates our highest ideals. We promote positive and more evolved ways of thinking and being at the human, organizational, societal and cosmic level. We strengthen internal cohesiveness and organizational culture. We promote sustainability through the process of critical knowledge acquisition in the interest of the vision, mission and goals of NGVP. We create better minds, stronger bodies and highly evolved people equipped to meet the world with sustainable solutions capable of fostering a new reality for Black–Indigenous people.

Vision

The vision of Nature’s Garden for Victory and Peace is to cultivate land that is preserved and built upon to evoke health, social wellbeing, victory and peace in members of the community.

Misson

The mission of NGVP to use land as a healing tool, and a cultural asset in the development of a Holistic Community Model in thae delivery of relevant programs and services to members of the community. This is achieved through the work of the Transformative Intentional Learning Community and a shared value system which supports governance.

Philosophy

The NGVP framework for restoration and healing is built upon a universal philosophy found in Nature-Culture, a holistic development concept which seeks to develop a way of life that promotes positive transformation into a sustainable lifestyle for its participants. A Nature-Culture project synthesises an integration of spiritual, intellectual and natural earth concepts. By combining multiple holistic activities, disciplines and environment, brain function is enhanced, the body cells are renewed and people are propelled to greater awareness of “self”.

(Abubark Muhammad Karim)

As we align the body, mind and soul with nature, we create what we call “Nature Culture”. We learn new habits by doing new things, acting new ways, eating new foods and communicating new thoughts. Nature Culture is a holistic form of community development. It builds and strengthens the capacity and skills of individuals and organisations to effectively participate in acquiring and managing natural resources that directly support their community. The creation of Nature-Culture communities is our vision for fostering environments where cohesive coalitions of spiritually inclined, holistic practitioners can create sustainable lifestyles for themselves and their families.

ADINIRAHENE – Represents essential characteristics of good leadership.
Pillars
The four pillars of NGVP are informed by “Nature-Culture” which requires active participation that stimulates new thoughts and behaviours.
  • A return to Natural Living—Holistic healing where the mind-body-spirit-soul is continually nourished and renewed by the growing awareness of an awe-inspiring web of life.
  • Engagement in Meaningful Activities or Occupations—Productive use of time, i.e., work, study, play/leisure, spiritual practice, celebrations, social participation, non-extractive economic development, entrepreneurial-ship, the Arts & Sciences, the Trades, the Healing Arts and last but certainly primary and central, Agriculture.
  • Intergenerational Collaboration and Power Sharing—Innovation and wisdom; we honour both youth and elders each bring their unique perspective of the world. Through patience, deliberative dialogue and traditional wisdom we seek “common ground”.
  • Transformative Intentional Learning—Growing, Changing, Evolving; supports governance, promotes critical self-reflection, collective decision making, shared values, unity, victory and peace in members of the NGVP community.
AKOBEN – Symbolizes a call to action, volunteerism.
Values
  • Unity: Unity is the way of the universe; it has been said “… as so above… as so In there’s power and in power there’s opportunity everywhere. We learn to embrace a universal occurrence of balancing what appears to be an opposite.
  • Self-Care (mind-body-spirit-soul): Self-Care occurs on all spheres of human existence, the mind-body-spirit-soul, and as a unique interconnected whole we learn to care for all parts with knowledge, wisdom and mastery. Healing is the result of authentic self-care; we promote positive and more evolved ways of thinking and being at the human, organisational and societal level.
  • Active Participation: Building and sustaining a community requires engagement and active participation from community members. Our democratic participatory model is defined and managed by the community based on best practices found in indigenous cultures, emergent strategies and evolving practices found in “transformative learning and change” literature.
  • Cooperative Economics & Mutual Aid: Our Mutual Aid Fund provides a structure for our collective effort to support each other as a community financially, through trading/bartering of goods and services. We collect, manage, and distribute funds with transparency to ensure community members can access funds and additional support as needed. We create cooperative business models to build self-reliance and to eliminate dependence on an exploitative economic system
  • Creativity & Sustainability: Our community engages in a creative process that is dialogic, experiential, innovative and healing. Like the Creator we are in the image of him/her/us/they and are creative by nature. Creativity is used to uplift humanity to its fullest and highest expression. We create better minds, stronger bodies and highly evolved people equipped to meet the world with sustainable solutions capable of fostering a new and sustainable reality. We promote sustainability through the process of critical knowledge acquisition in the interest of the vision, mission and goals of Nature’s Garden for Victory and Peace.
  • Ancestral Remembrance: We remember our ancestors both in thought and in actions. It has been said that every time a baby is born an ancestor is returning. If this is true, then, we are our ancestors. One customary practice of remembrance is “pouring libations”.
About
Dr. Muhjah Shakir

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Professional People
Team
A Village Re-Imagined: How we live at NGVP
Our community is dialogic, experiential, innovative and spirited —A Village Re-Imagined which incorporates our highest ideals. We promote positive and more evolved ways of thinking and being at the human, organisational, societal and cosmic level. We strengthen internal cohesiveness and organisational culture. We promote sustainability through the process of critical knowledge acquisition in the interest of the vision, mission and goals of Nature’s Garden for Victory and Peace. We create better minds, stronger bodies and highly evolved people equipped to meet the world with sustainable solutions capable of fostering a new reality for Black–Indigenous people.
About Team
Organisational structures define how activities and tasks are allocated, coordinated and supervised to achieve the organisation's goals and objectives. Nature’s Garden for Victory & Peace uses a functional organisational structure allowing the programs to lead with their vision and expertise with the support of the community resources and seasoned leadership.This structure is intentionally non-hierarchical, embracing a cosmic model of circular orbit around central pieces of the organisation. The Collective Operations Committees provide the foundation and coordination across the programs to ensure everyone stays aligned on the goals and objectives.
SANKOFA – It is not taboo to go back for what you forgot.
DWENINMMEN – Includes mental, physical and spiritual strength, humility, knowledge and learning.
Council of Elder Vision Keepers
An Elder Vision Keeper is defined as an individual who lives an exemplary life, has authority based on a life of consistent service, exercises moral judgement, advocates for social justice, and is 65 years of age or older. Roles and responsibilities include:
  • The role of the elder is to giveaway – giving, serving, honouring, blessing and being the bearer of gifts for others and freely giving them in support of others. (Black Roots Science)
  • The council of elder vision keepers serves to establish provisions of spiritual guidance, assisting in the resolution of issues and conflicts as they arise; keeping communities and their visions alive and relevant,; providing moral, ethical policies, priorities and the development of programs, services and various projects which will contribute to the growth, self-governance and economic empowerment of NGVP.
  • The council of elder vision keepers should be just, assertive, firm, decisive and capable of recommending restorative measures and or disciplinary action after adjudicating a decision.
  • The council of elder vision keepers should be committed to a path towards gradual separation from the dominant society and creating a society of unified black folks.
  • The council of elder vision keepers should be a coordination centre, where information flows in, is analysed, and then forwards disseminated information, suggestions, decisions and/or directives which serve NGVP goals, purpose and mission.
Board of Directors
The Board is responsible for overall policy and direction of NGVP and can delegate responsibility for day-to-day operations to the Corporation's Executive Director and committees. The Board shall have up to twenty-one (21) but no fewer than five) (5) members.
The Board will reflect a genuine effort to achieve gender balance, cross generations, community and occupational skill sets, and spiritual practices. The Board will consist of the following officers: Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Board will prepare and distribute to all members the proposed operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Members are provided an opportunity to review the proposed budget before its adoption by the Board. The annual dues amount for each member is determined by membership type and the annual budget. The Council and the Board shall jointly be responsible for nominating a slate of individuals consisting of the following:
  • Dr. Muhjah Shakir, Founding Director and CEO
  • Clark Arrington, Esq., Attorney
  • Lissah Mason, Health & Wellness Coach
  • Aisha Shakir, Treasurer
  • G. Bodile Balams, Art Director
Founding Director and CEO
Dr. Muhjah Shakir
Esq., Attorney
Clark Arrington
Health & Wellness Coach
Lissah Mason
Treasurer
Aisha Shakir
Art Director
G. Bodile Balams

City Auditor

City Auditor

City Auditor

City Auditor

City Auditor

Committees
  • The Finance, Planning & Budget Committee: This committee will be responsible for planning, programing budgeting and fundraising. The Treasurer shall chair this committee. An administrative position will be created as the community evolves.
  • The Advisory Committee: The committee is made up of experts in a particular area of relevance to the NGVP mission and programs. The committee will meet on an as needed basis. An individual member of the committee could offer advice without a formal meeting.
  • The Infrastructure Planning Committee: This committee will plan and draft recommendations for the location and construction of buildings, facilities and infrastructure. In addition they will design and manage the landscaping, land use plans and the land maintenance of NGVP. The residential RC will work in collaboration with this committee to ensure that residents' needs are incorporated into the planning process.
  • The Volunteer and Membership Coordination Committee: This committee will develop programs and strategies for coordinating volunteers and defining levels of membership to assist with NGVP maintenance and programing.
  • The Marketing, Outreach & Media Committee: The committee will be responsible for developing marketing plans for all of NGVP programs as well as branding for NGVP
  • The Village Re-Imagined Association (VRIA): This association will coordinate the monthly meetings for all members of NVGP. These monthly meetings will include a prepared agenda and meeting minutes. The purpose of the meetings is to conduct village business including but not limited to: financial reviews, membership updates, program updates, schedule planning, resource planning. Members are encouraged to prepare and present proposals. A collectively defined voting process will be followed during these meetings.
  • Residential Committee (RC): This committee will consist of residential members only and will focus on the needs of the onsite residential members and their properties. It will be responsible for the review and approval of annual fees required for the ongoing maintenance, shared resources, improvements and investments approved by the onsite residents.
  • Administrative Director: This position is a role that will be defined to address the ongoing support needs of the Collective Operations
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