The World is Listening

Your voice will be heard. Action will be taken.

This is the decade for People of African Descent.

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The World is Listening

Our time is now.

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.

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Eliminating racial discrimination:

A shared responsibility.

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.

How can we harness the power of our past to influence our future?

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.

How can we harness the power of our past to influence our future?

How do we equip each other with the tools for real change?

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.

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How do we ensure that Canada’s future includes our stories?
To ensure that the stories of Black Canadians are told, we must be the ones to hold the pen — starting with the history of Black Nova Scotians, a largely untold story that highlights how our community’s many contributions and innovations have gone unrecognized. Through our stories, we will ensure that future generations of Black Canadians know and take pride in their history and their identity. Black history is Canadian history.
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PRESENTERS

Michaëlle Jean

former Secretary General of la Francophonie, 27th Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada
former Secretary General of la Francophonie, 27th Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada
Stateswoman, veteran diplomat, after having been a journalist and dedicated feminist committed to the cause of women victims of domestic violence, Michaëlle Jean continues her fight against exclusion and discrimination as well as for peace through the Foundation that bears her name, which she co-founded with her husband Jean-Daniel Lafond, filmmaker, writer and philosopher.
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Call for Contributions
On this third edition of the National Black Canadians Summi, our goal is to work collaboratively with leading academic, social, business, and political leaders as we examine the lasting impact of racial discrimination on this land. We are calling subject matter experts, thought leaders, artists and more, to help us craft this year's program. Submission Deadline: January 17, 2020

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