We Will Be Heard!
The National Black Canadians Summit, organized by the Fondation Michaëlle Jean Foundation under the auspices of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent: Recognition, Justice and Development (2015-2024) is a major event and mobilization that brings together Black Canadians from all ages, sectors and walks of life to share their experiences, raise awareness and spark a very inclusive national dialogue involving many stakeholders, financial and academic institutions, civil society organizations, decision makers from the public and the private sectors, on the eradication of racial discrimination, full equity and justice for all. Our aim is to create a roadmap for developing and implementing concrete solutions to the needs and challenges faced by Black communities across Canada.
We’ve already begun. The first National Black Canadians Summit was in December 2017 in Toronto, followed by a second edition in February 2019 in Ottawa with hundreds of participants from across the country collaborating on crafting a strategic action plan to address the challenges of systemic racism in Canada and meeting face to face with federal ministers. The third Summit was delayed due to COVID-19, and it has been rescheduled for March 2021 in Halifax. Our plan is actively informing policies directly impacting Black lives in Canada. The participation of the Black youth is remarkable. 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.