National Black Canadians Summit

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From December 4 to 6, 2017, in Toronto, Canada will mark the International Decade for People of African Descent with 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. A list of locations, where Canadians can meet to watch the Summit live, will soon be made available.

Drawing from the power of social innovation, creativity and the arts, the Summit will operate from the premise that as cutting-edge solution-builders, Black communities are indispensable to any effort to grow prosperity, wellbeing and human rights in Canada. Kicking-off with a celebration of Black achievement, the three-day event will focus strategic planning on: increasing democratic participation; growing Black wealth and ownership; improving access to housing and shelter; improving educational outcomes; supporting Black migration; enhancing access to justice and community safety; improving mental and physical health outcomes; and ensuring more accurate and nuanced representation in media and the arts.

Far from your average national gathering, this Summit will challenge each participant to channel their inner strength in order to unleash the power of strategic thinking, community empowerment and transformative change. Together, they will catalyze radically new collaborations and solutions for removing racial barriers as well as for enhancing social and economic outcomes for Black communities across the country.

PRELIMINARY PROGRAM

OPENING AWARDS CEREMONY – THE INTERNATIONAL DECADE OF PEOPLE OF AFRICAN DESCENT IN CANADA: OVER 150 YEARS AND COUNTING

7:00-9:00 p.m.                 *simultaneous interpretation available bilingual

OPENING PLENARY SESSION *simultaneous interpretation available

8:30-10a:15 a.m.

Honouring Indigenous Land and its Historic Relationship with People of African Descent

Opening Keynote

STRATEGIC PLANNING SESSIONS

10:30 am – 12:30am

  • Democratic Engagement 1
  • Democratic Engagement 2
  • Access to Affordable Housing and Shelter
  • Black Ownership 
  • Film Screening – Michaëlle Jean: A Woman of Purpose (in Partnership with the National Film Board)

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: The International Decade for People of African Descent in its Global Context *simultaneous interpretation available

1:30-2:20 p.m.

STRATEGIC PLANNING SESSIONS

2:30-4:30 p.m.

  • Generating Black Wealth 1
  • Generating Black Wealth 2
  • Accessing Justice
  • Migration and Inclusion

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Mobilizing Provincial and Municipal Governments to Empower Black  Communities *simultaneous interpretation available

4:30-6:00 p.m.

PLENARY SESSION

9:00-10:00 a.m.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Human Rights in Canada, Human Rights Commissions and the International Decade for People of African Descent  *simultaneous interpretation available

STRATEGIC PLANNING SESSIONS

10:00-12:00 p.m.

  • Media Representation, Arts and Identity 1
  • Media Representation, Arts and Identity 2
  • Community Safety
  • Migration and Inclusion
  • Film Screening (in partnership with the National Film Board)

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Leveraging the Power of Empirical Research and the Arts for Social Change  *simultaneous interpretation available

1:00-2:20 p.m.

STRATEGIC PLANNING SESSIONS

2:30-4:30 p.m.

  • Mental Health
  • Physical Health
  • Education 1
  • Education 2
  • Film Screening (in partnership with the National Film Board)

PLENARY SESSION: BUILDING OUR FUTURE *simultaneous interpretation available

4:40-6:00 p.m.

Moment of Silence for the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Violence against Women

Federation of Black Canadians Launch

Black Canadians Strategic Action Plan Presentation (working session outcomes)

Presentation of the Plan for the Black Communities Action Fund

Closing Remarks

PARTIAL SPEAKERS LIST:

Organizers

Presenting Partner

Supporting Partner