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, is hosting the National Black Canadians Summit: a convergence of 400 people of African descent and stakeholders. With three days of high-energy keynotes, cultural performances, and strategic planning sessions for social change, the groundbreaking event will draw 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 takes 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.