It all started in 2017 and we’re just getting started
The National Black Canadians Summit was created out of a call from emerging artists of African descent, from Halifax, Toronto, and Montreal, to confederate the efforts of Black individuals from across Canada, to see better outcomes for the community at large. From the first Summit in the Toronto public library in 2017 to our 2019 event in Ottawa in the presence of, our federal parliamentarians and lawmakers, through our series of virtual events in 2021 efforts amid of the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Black Canadians Summit is an essential and vigorous platform for reflection and co-creation.
The summit moved into virtual space with a series of 4 important conferences with, each time, several panelists, interactive discussions that attracted thousands of people, contributing expertise, testimonies, tangible experience, analyses, facts and data from the Black communities themselves, on the following themes : "Reimagining Justice"; - "Breaking Barriers in Education"; - "Redefining Entrepreneurship and Employment Through A Black Lens" ; and "Let's Talk Black Health".
The Summit also advanced thinking and debate. Pride and determination were once again in evidence. The result is a landmark document, the Halifax Declaration, designed as a clear call to action with a strong proposal for targeted public policies aimed at the strategic eradication of systemic racial discrimination. It clearly demonstrates that solutions can only be found in an inclusive manner, with the communities. The Halifax Declaration was developed through a collective and collaborative effort with Black community members, including lawyers, writers, researchers, scholars, journalists and community leaders. It was also validated through an extensive online consultation process, making it a powerful tool for mobilization, awareness and action.