Somali

Somali

Somali
Subtitle
The Somali Community

In 1975, the first 13 Somali newcomers to the city came together and began a tradition of meeting three times a year. These early pioneers have helped Toronto’s Somali community flourish over the years. Today, Toronto’s 70,000 Somalis have added a new flavour and diversity to the city’s multicultural make-up.
The first wave of settlers were refugees who arrived following the Ethiopian–Somali war in 1988. More than 3,000 Somali political refugees arrived in Canada following the civil war in Somalia. Many settled in Parkdale and the Lawrence Avenue West–Caledonia Road area. From 1989 to 1992, over 15,000 Somalis sought refuge in Canada from the drought, war, and hardships that overcame their homeland in Northeast Africa. A majority settled in Toronto. The largest group of Somalis immigrated to Toronto in the 1990s.
Today, Somali neighborhoods are found in Northern Etobicoke, Don Mills, Scarborough, Weston, the Dundas Street West–Bloor Street area, and the Annex. Many Somali professionals have settled in the city, including engineers, teachers, doctors, and business people. Somalis are known for their love of soccer and have been instrumental in the organization of several soccer tournaments in the city.

Holidays and Celebrations

Somalis celebrate the following as well as all Muslim holidays.

NATIONAL HOLIDAY
Day
26
Month
June

  NATIONAL HOLIDAY is June 26.

INDEPENDENCE DAY
Day
1
Month
July

  INDEPENDENCE DAY is July 1.

Media
DHAMBAAL SOMALI NEWSPAPER
Address
1987 Kipling Ave
Phone
416-743-3335

  DHAMBAAL SOMALI NEWSPAPER, (Tel. 416-743-3335, 1987 Kipling Ave). Editor: Liban Bashir.

MUUQAALKA SOOMAALIDA (EYE ON SOMALIA)
Address
545 Lakeshore Blvd. W
Phone
416-260-3621

  MUUQAALKA SOOMAALIDA (EYE ON SOMALIA), OMNI TV, (Tel. 416-260-3621, 545 Lakeshore Blvd. W). Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

SOMALI PRESS
Address
1776 Weston Rd
Phone
416-242-7777

  SOMALI PRESS(Tel. 416-242-7777, 1776 Weston Rd). Editor: Ahmed Barkhadle.

Organizations
DEJINTA BEESHA
Address
8 Taber Rd
Phone
416-743-1286

  DEJINTA BEESHA, (Tel. 416-743-1286, 8 Taber Rd).

SOMALI CANADIAN COMMUNITY CLUB
Address
1680 Jane St
Phone
416-249-6742

  SOMALI CANADIAN COMMUNITY CLUB, (Tel. 416-249-6742, 1680 Jane St).

MIDAYNTA
Address
Fax 416-440-3379, www.midaynta.com, 1992 Yonge St., Suite 203
Phone
416-544-1992

  MIDAYNTA, (Tel. 416-544-1992, Fax 416-440-3379, www.midaynta.com, 1992 Yonge St., Suite 203). The Midaynta Youth sports club was established in October 15, 1997. Midaynta sponsors and runs sports programs such as basketball, soccer, hockey, table tennis, football. The programs are run throughout the year, indoors during winter and outdoors in summer. Dozens of youth sports club participate in the programs which are designed to promote healthy lifestyles, mental and physical fitness, and safe neighbourhoods.

SOMALI CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF ETOBICOKE
Address
925 Albion Rd., Room 202
Phone
416-742-4601

  SOMALI CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF ETOBICOKE, (Tel. 416-742-4601, 925 Albion Rd., Room 202). Executive Director: Osman Ali.

SOMALI YOUTH ASSOCIATION OF TORONTO (SOYAT)
Address
2304 Islington Ave., Suite 101
Phone
416-247-6333
Web Site
www.soyat.org

  SOMALI YOUTH ASSOCIATION OF TORONTO (SOYAT), (Tel. 416-247-6333, www.soyat.org, 2304 Islington Ave., Suite 101).

SIWA-SOMALI IMMIGRANT WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION
Address
1735 Kipling Ave
Phone
416-741-7492

  SIWA-SOMALI IMMIGRANT WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION, (Tel. 416-741-7492, 1735 Kipling Ave).

YORK COMMUNITY SERVICES
Phone
416-653-5400. e

  YORK COMMUNITY SERVICES, (Tel. 416-653-5400. ext. 226), Abukar Mohamed.

SOMALILAND WOMEN
Address
67 Commander Blvd
Phone
416-293-6585

  SOMALILAND WOMEN’S ORGANIZATION OF METRO TORONTO, (Tel. 416-293-6585, 67 Commander Blvd).