The Michaëlle Jean Foundation is honoured to have supported Black youth and their communities across the country. To mark the International Decade for People of African Descent, the Foundation, with the Federation of Black Canadians and the Toronto Public Library, in partnership with AfroGlobal Television, BAND, Fresh Voices the Sickle Cell Anemia Association of Quebec, Dream Maker Developments, Blackboys Code and the Black Experience Project, hosted the National Black Canadians Summit: a convergence of over 400 people of African descent and stakeholders. The presenting funder of the Summit was TD Bank Group, with additional support from Deloitte, the National Film Board of Canada, and Deloitte. With three days of high-energy keynotes, cultural performances, and strategic planning sessions for social change, the groundbreaking event drew from decades of Black community organizing and awareness raising to serve as a springboard to accelerate collaboration around an inclusive Black Canadian agenda, grounded in an anti-oppression perspective. The event took place from December 4 to 6, 2017, in Toronto. For more information.
The Summit is the outcome of a previous partnership with the Environics Institute’s Black Experience Project and the Nia Centre for the Arts, on an initiative that uses the arts to empower Black youth, primarily in the Greater Toronto Area. The Foundation sponsored a groundbreaking exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), as part of its Scratch & Mix Project. The exhibition featured the artwork of eleven young artists from Black communities, whose work addressed issues of concern to them.