This is the decade for People of African Descent.Register
In March 2020, Canada’s Black communities will converge in Halifax to celebrate the history of Black Nova Scotia and gather for the third installment of the National Black Canadians Summit (NBCS). Since last year’s Summit, we have met with federal ministers to present our strategic action plan that is actively informing policies and directly impacting Black lives in Canada. Our unified demands for greater accountability and recognition of the contributions of Black Canadians have been heard — and will continue to be heard — at the highest levels of government.
So, no. This isn’t just another summit.Register
In the spirit of unity, we will continue to ensure we are at the centre of any and all policies that impact the lives of people of colour. Highlighting our mission, the 2020 National Black Canadians Summit will take place during the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. In this context, we will bring together Canadians of all identities from coast to coast to discuss and strategize around the eradication of racial discrimination — while ensuring the unified voices of Black people are always at the heart of the discussion.
The initial National Black Canadians Summit resulted in the creation of the Canadian Strategic Action Plan for the International Decade for People of African Descent: 2017-2024. Using the African Nova Scotian context to understand how racial discrimination has been persistent throughout Canadian history, we will be creating a new and robust set of recommendations to guide policies that impact the lives of people of colour on this land.
Through a series of workshops, panel discussions, performances, historical site visits, and other activities, we will equip participants with the knowledge and tools they need to activate real change within their own communities. We are breaking down the barriers that hinder personal development and success for Black Canadians. We are creating the change we want to see — a Canada where racial discrimination is non-existent.