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Face to Face with our Lawmakers
The National Black Canadian Summit 2019
Annual Summit
February 1-4, 2019
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The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean

former Secretary General of la Francophonie, 27th Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada

Stateswoman, veteran diplomat, after having been a journalist and dedicated feminist committed to the cause of women victims of domestic violence, Michaëlle Jean continues her fight against exclusion and discrimination as well as for peace through the Foundation that bears her name, which she co-founded with her husband Jean-Daniel Lafond, filmmaker, writer and philosopher.

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Hon. Ahmed D. Hussen

Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Honourable Ahmed D. Hussen serve in his role, using his position to improve the immigration system to better serve the interests of Canadians, and is a strong voice for his constituency

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Justice Donald McLeod

Judge, Ontario Court of Justice

Justice McLeod regularly speaks at colleges and high schools, and business and professional associations. He also hosts Black Robes, a professional development initiative to mentor new lawyers and law students of African-Canadian descent.

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Brittany Andrew Amofah.

Senior Policy and Research Analyst - Broadbent Institute

She works to provide accessible political information that enables others to feel motivated and empowered to become involved in the political process.

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Fabienne Colas

Founder, Montreal, Toronto and Halifax Black Film Festivals

Haitian-Canadian actress, director and producer. She is head of the Fabienne Colas Foundation, which is dedicated to the promotion of film, art and culture as it organizes many festivals.

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Marlihan Lopez

Vice-President, Fédération des femmes du Québec

Marlihan Lopez is an Afro-feminist activist working in the field of community organization, research (member of the RÉQEF) and feminist intervention.

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Tiffany Gooch

Public Affairs Consultant, Enterprise

A skilled consensus builder, creative political strategist, and talented event manager with a tremendous mind for logistics, Tiffany’s work centers on government relations and public affairs campaigns.

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Sylvia Parris-Drummond

CEO of the DBDLI

Sylvia provides leadership to the organization through the identification of opportunities, awareness and capacity building, and the implementation of initiatives designed to improve the education environment for African Nova Scotian learners and educators.

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Ihsaan Gardee

Executive Director, National Council for Canadian Muslims

As Executive Director, Ihsaan regularly appears in local and national media and news programs on issues related to Canadian Muslims, Islam and civil liberties.

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Bernie Farber

Human Rights Advocate, Executive Director Mosaic Institute

A proud fighter for human rights, Bernie Farber is one of Canada’s leading experts on minority and human rights, race relations and antisemitism.

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Kate MacDonald

Co-Founder, Black Magic Project

She has always been involved in the arts since a very young age. She has been acting in her community since the age of four and has always shown an interest in photography and being generally creative.

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Kelly Lee Evans

Canadian jazz and soul music vocalist

Born in Toronto. 2011 Juno Recipient for her 2010 album Nina in the category Juno Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year- Née à Toronto.

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Your Are Invited To Our
Annual Conference

The Michaëlle Jean Foundation (FMJF), in collaboration with the Federation of Black Canadians and the Somali Centre for Family Services, invites Black community members, grassroots groups, and the general public to attend the second National Black Canadians Summit. It will be a historic opportunity to celebrate Black History Month and mark the UN International Decade for People of African Descent (2014-2024). The event is part of a major national gathering taking place in Ottawa named

4 Days, 4 Nights: Mapping our Future - Face to Face with our Lawmakers.
The mobilization will enable Black communities to raise awareness about major challenges they face and to open a national conversation on ways to enhance social cohesion, inclusive, equitable and sustainable development. 
Since 2014, the FMJF has developed an initiative called the 4th Wall, designed to empower underserved youth, aged 16 to 30. The initiative, which uses the arts and education as tools for social change, has reached hundreds of young people, mostly facing social exclusion including Aboriginal, street-involved, Muslim, LGBTQ and Black youth. The goal is simple. Through partnerships with museums and cultural institutions, the arts, creativity and education can open spaces for dialogue, and public forums can break down solitudes, connect underserved youth directly to citizens from all walks of life who express themselves, share ideas, and develop innovative solutions and initiatives to improve their living conditions and revitalize their communities. It is in this context that was born the first National Black Canadians Summit, which the Michaëlle Jean Foundation organized in collaboration with the Toronto Library in 2017. It was also on this occasion that the Federation of Black Canadians (FBC) was formalized. The event also enabled the 800 Summit participants to develop a 2017-2024 Canada-wide strategy to fulfil the objectives of the International Decade for People of African Descent, through a roadmap for communities, the public sector and the private sector can consider jointly to advance concrete solutions to the needs and challenges facing Black Communities across Canada.
This year, on the eve of the 2019 federal election, hundreds attending the four days and four nights of mobilization, networking, and planning will also join in face-to-face meetings with elected officials from all political parties. They will use the Canadian Strategy, which draws on the strengths of initiatives across the country, to identify gaps in existing programs, and prioritize areas where government supports needs to be strengthened. Videos completed by young filmmakers from Black communities, who participated in the Jam Sessions, organized by the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, will offer yet another opportunity to give voice to young people so that they can inform a national anti-racism strategy. The Summit offers a chance to meet directly with elected officials and political decision-makers, over four days in Ottawa. It also allows participants to determine where the different political parties stand on taking concrete steps to eradicate racial barriers and all forms of discrimination by promoting shared growth and opportunities for economic and social development for all Canadians, including Black communities.

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The Program

7:00 AM TO 9:00 AM

Friday, February 1, 2019

National Capital Commission – 40 rue Elgin Street

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6:00 pm TO 9:00 pm

Connecting the Dots film premiere

In celebration of Black History Month, and in recognition of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent, Black History Ottawa’s Connecting the Dots project will be premiering its documentary screening and national community conversation in partnership with the National Capital Commission and the Michaëlle Jean Foundation to launch the 2019 National Black Canadians Summit.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

National Arts Centre – 1 rue Elgin Street

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11:00 AM TO 12:00 pM


12:00 pM TO 1:30 pm

Opening Plenary

– Land Acknowledgment
– African Truth Telling Statement
– Words of Support from Government Officials, Partners and Sponsors
– Setting the Context: From Hacking the Nation to Connecting the Dots
– Report back from the Community

1:30 pM TO 3:30 pM

Breakout Planning Sessions

– Democratic Participation – Access to Affordable Housing and Shelter
– Community Safety
– Hack the Nation through Film: Voices of Young Black Canadians
– Canadian Black Speculative Arts Movement  

3:30 pM TO 4:15 PM


Allied Histories: Revealing Shared Histories of Solidarity across Communities.

4:30 PM TO 6:00 PM

Breakout Planning Sessions

– Generating Black Wealth
– Accessing Justice
– Migration and Inclusion
– The Federation of Black Canadians: One Year Later

Sunday, February 3, 2019

National Arts Centre – 1 rue Elgin Street

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8:30 AM TO 8:50 AM


9:00 AM TO 10:30 AM

Plenary Adress

– Global Vision
– Perspective from the Senate

10:30 AM TO 12:00 pM

Breakout Planning sessions

– Media and Representation
– Arts and Heritage
– Accessing Justice
– Dance & Wellness, (40 Colonnade Road)  

12:00 PM TO 12:50 PM


1:00 PM TO 2:30 PM


- Bring the Canadian Judiciary into the 21st Century
- Leveraging Advocacy for Systems Change: a Cross-Cultural Conversation

2:30 PM TO 4:30 PM

Breakout Planning Sessions

Mental and Physical Health
Labour and Systemic Racism: Black in the Workplace
EducationGenerating Black Wealth
Migration and Inclusion

4:40 PM tO 6:00 PM

Plenary Session

Breakout Presentations
Response from Elected Officials
Closing Remarks

Monday, February 4, 2019

The Black Excellence Night on the Hill

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9:00 AM TO 3:00 pM

Black Voices on the Hill

8:30 pM TO 12:00 pM

Official Black History Month Reception

Black Excellence Night on the Hill


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