The African organizing principle of ‘Ubuntu’ (I am because we are) reflects the collectivist approach to life that most Black people live by, where it is understood that a healthy and prosperous life is best lived in community. Community is where knowledge is learned about shared, and problems are solved. Yet this is not the experience of all Black people.

Lacking support and facing isolation on the beautiful island on which she grew up, a woman in Victoria, BC must come to terms with the impact of her isolation from a supportive Black community as she provides care for her father who was diagnosed with dementia. By sharing such stories, the ‘Down’ series highlights the need for efforts to be made to build networks of support for Black caregivers.

Produced by Kigaana Productions