Guyana

Guyana is found on the northeastern corner of South America and shares land borders with Venezuela, Brazil, and Suriname. Because it has a coastline on the Atlantic Ocean and its climate is moderated by the trade winds off the Atlantic, the temperature in Guyana rarely falls out of the 21 to 32 degrees Celsius range.

Quick Facts

Population:739,903 (2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups: East Indian (50%), Black (36%), Amerindian (7%), White, Chinese, and mixed (7%)
Languages: English, Amerindian dialects, Creole, Caribbean Hindustani (a dialect of Hindi), Urdu
Religions: Christian (50%), Hindu (35%), Muslim (10%), others (5%)

Guyanese In Toronto

Guyanese Population:
In Canada: 61,085
In the GTA: 44,720
In the City of Toronto: 18,840

Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
Brampton, Vaughan, Markham, Ajax, Southern region of Pickering, Scarborough Community, Etobicoke North

Guyana became independent from Britain in 1966 (it was also ruled by the Dutch between 1750 and 1814). There is significant racial tension and the political sphere is divided along racial lines. The Guyanese have enjoyed full religious freedoms since 1985. The religious make-up of Guyana is complex. The Afro-Guyanese are mostly Christian, while the Indo-Guyanese are mostly Hindu. The Indo-Guyanese population also includes many Muslims. Meanwhile, some of the Guyanese practice traditional African beliefs, including "winti", a polytheistic religion.

Map of Services and Churches in the GTA: 

Social and Settlement Services in the GTA

Guyana Christian Charities (Canada) Inc. 
805 Middlefield Road, Unit 5
Scarborough, ON
M1V 4Z6
Phone: 905-683-1030

Alliance of Guyanese Canadian Organizations
177 Thistle Down Boulevard
Etobicoke, ON
M9V 1K2
Phone: 905-428-3802

Hamilton Guyanese Canadian Cultural Association
423 King Street East
Hamilton, ON
L8N 1C5

Association of Concerned Guyanese
51 Mary Pearson Drive
Markham, ON
L3S 2Y9
Phone: 905-471-0857

Canadian lndo-Caribbean Association
P.O. Box 89104, Westdale PO
Hamilton, ON
L8S 4RS
Phone: 905-648-5122

Friends of Guyana
38 Rakewood Crescent
Scarborough, ON
M1V 1M7
Phone: 905-297-9653

Guyana Aid Organisation
20 Carabob Court, Apt. 307
Scarborough, ON
M1T 3N1
Phone: 905-293-0270

Georgetown Pavilion Committee Guyana Goodwill Cultural Association
98 Roseheath Avenue
Toronto, ON
M4C 3P5
Phone: 416-693-2665

Guyana Canada Association
282 Velmar Drive
Woodbridge, ON
L4L SK3
Phone: 905-856-8599

Guyana Toronto Connection
4 Bobcat Street
Brampton, ON
L6R 1E1
Phone: 905-792-2010

Operation Blessing Guyana
26 Underhill Drive, Apt 510
Toronto, ON
M3A 2J3
Phone: 416-246-9236

Churches in the GTA

The Peoples Church
374 Sheppard Avenue East
Toronto, ON
M2N 3B6
Phone: 416-222-3241

References: 

Central Intelligence Agency. (2014, June 22). The World Factbook: Guyana. Retrieved July 9, 2014, from
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/gy.html

Encyclopedia of the Nations. (n.d.). Guyana. Retrieved July 9, 2014, from
http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/geography/

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. (2009, October 15). Cultural Information - Guyana. Retrieved July 9, 2014, from
http://www.intercultures.ca/cil-cai/

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. (2011, December 15). Overview - Guyana. Retrieved July 9, 2014, from
http://www.intercultures.ca/cil-cai/

Guyanans/guyanese. (2009). In T. L. Gall & J. Hobby (Eds.), Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life (2nd ed., Vol. 2, pp. 255-258).
Detroit: Gale. Retrieved July 14, 2014, from
http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do

Mandryk, J. (2010). Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation (7th ed.). Colorado Springs: Biblica Publishing.

Statistics Canada. (2011, April 7). 2006 Census of Canada: Topic-based tabulations/Ethnic Origin, Single and Multiple Ethnic Origin Responses and
Sex for the Population of Canada, Provinces, Territories, Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations, 2006 Census - 20% Sample
Data
. Retrieved July 15, 2014, from
http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/