HOW CAN WE HARNESS THE POWER OF OUR PAST TO INFLUENCE OUR FUTURE?

The initial National Black Canadians Summit resulted in the creation of the Canadian Strategic Action Plan for the International Decade for People of African Descent 2017-2021. Using the African Nova Scotian context to understand how racial discrimination has been persistent throughout Canadian history, we will be creating a new and robust set of recommendations to guide policies that impact the lives of people of colour on this land.

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COME TO HALIFAX

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS 

For our delegates who will be traveling, we are collaborating with the following to offer a discount on the rooms. Please note that rooms are limited.

Residence Inn by Marriott

Studio Queen - Single & Double Rate - $229

Studio Queen - Triple Rate - $249

Studio Queen - Quadruple Rate - $269

1599 Grafton Street

Halifax (Nova Scotia) B3J 2C3 

Telephone (902) 422-0493

Dial Toll Free 1 866-306-0940 (North America)

Prince George Hotel

Deluxe Guestroom - Single & Double - $199 

1725 Market Street

Halifax (Nova Scotia) B3J 3N9 

Telephone (902) 425-1986  

Fax (902) 492-7834 

Dial Toll Free 1 (800) 565-1567

Dalhousie University

Single Room - $48/ night + tax per night

Double Room - $73/ night + tax per night

Access to Dalplex Athletic Facility, no smoking on campus rounds, complimentary parking

Email: stay@dal.ca

Phone Numbers: 902.494.8840 or 1.855.DAL.STAY

Promo Code: TNBCS22

Cambridge Suites

Studio Guestroom - Single & Double Rate - $179

Suites - Single & Double Rate - $379 

1583 Brunswick Street

Halifax (Nova Scotia) B3J 3P5 

Telephone (902) 420-0555  

Fax (902) 420-9379 

Dial Toll Free 1 (800) 565-1263 (North America)

Homewood Suites by Hilton

King Bed + sofa bed - Double Rate - $189 (+$15 per extra occupant, beyond 2)

1960 Brunswick Street

Halifax (Nova Scotia) B3J 2G7

Telephone (902) 429-6620

Fax: (902) 429-6645

Dial Toll Free 1 (800) 225-5466 (North America)

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GET A DISCOUNT WITH AIR CANADA

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Air Canada is pleased to offer flight discounts of up to 18% for the National Black Canadians Summit event in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Simply add the code VRMFH741 in the promotion box when you book your flight at www.aircanada.com and the discounts will automatically calculate for you. Discounts also apply 7 days per and post the event dates to provide more flexibility. Enjoy your flight !

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FAQs

When is the event and where it will take place?

The National Black Canadians Summit will be held from July 29 to July 31, in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia. Its core events will take place at the Halifax Convention Center, 1650 Argyle Street.

What accessibility feature exists within the Halifax Convention Center? 

You can learn about the Halifax Convention Center’s accessibility features here.

What are the parking arrangements and directions?

The Halifax Convention Centre does not have parking. Delegates may use street parking or designated parking lots across the city.

Can I register at the venue?

All event ticket registration is via Eventbrite – you may register here. Space is limited, we recommend registering early. 

Can my spouse and children attend too?

The Summit is an inclusive event, recommended for those age 14 and older. Each delegate will require their own ticket, which can be obtained via Eventbrite here. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Is there simultaneous interpretation? 

The Summit will have simultaneous interpretations for plenary and all events residing within the Ballroom Area of the Halifax Convention Center. All other session interpretations will be determined at a later date.

What is “The Halifax Declaration”?

The Halifax Declaration is an opportunity to have the voices of Black Canadians heard. It will have a global dimension and a Canadian perspective. It will identify our commitments and our expectations.

What is the cancellation policy?

Should you be unable to attend, we request that you cancel at least 30 days in advance of the National Black Canadians Summit. This will allow others an opportunity to purchase their ticket and plan the logistics of their trip to Halifax. 

 

Refunds will be available up until June 28, 2022, except for the Eventbrite fee which is non-refundable. 

 

For tickets canceled on or after June 29, 2022, a tax receipt will be issued for the value of the ticket. Please notify us as soon as possible so that we may provide seating to other interested parties. 

 

If you have further questions, email us at Jbanyan@fmjf.ca

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Where should I stay in Halifax?

The Foundation has partnered with the Prince George Hotel, the Cambridge Suites and Dalhousie University Housing to provide lodging for the National Black Canadian Summit’s Delegates.

How will I get around?

Halifax Transit will be offering free transit service on Fridays and free ferry service on Saturdays throughout the summer, from Friday, July 1 to Wednesday, August 31, 2022 – transit service will be free of charge all day, every Friday for conventional bus, Access-A-Bus, regional express service, and the ferry. Alderney ferry will also be free all day, every Saturday during this period. Visit halifax.ca/freefares for more information.

Is there an app for getting around Halifax by Bus?

Yes, if you use buses in your Canadian city, you might already have the Transit App!

While I am in Halifax, I wish to learn more about and discover the African Nova Scotian history – any ideas?

Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia, Cherry Brook 

  • Dive into the stories of 52 African communities and explore Nova Scotia’s African culture and heritage.

Africville Heritage Trust, Africville Road

  • Step into the devastating history of Africville and walk through the challenges faced by a community that met the indignities of racism with grace and faith. 

Black Loyalist Heritage Centre, Birchtown

  • Home of the first and largest free African population outside of Africa during the late-1700s, the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre immerses you into rich history as you explore your genealogical connections and walk along the ocean on the 1.5 km Black Loyalist Heritage Trail with interpretive panels. 

African Nova Scotian Affairs, Central Halifax

  • The ANSA works alongside communities and partners to help provide services and programs for the African Nova Scotian community, keep them informed, and encourage involvement.

What is the expected weather?

Did you know July is the best time to visit Halifax? With mostly sunshine during the later summer months, you can expect temperatures to range between the mid-20s to the low-30s °C.

How do I let you know about my special dietary requirements?

For any specific dietary restrictions, get in touch with our Project Coordinator Extraordinaire, Jordan at Jbanyan@fmjf.ca, with your order ticket number.

What are the COVID restrictions for the Summit?

The Foundation and Halifax Convention Center follows all guidelines of the Province of Nova Scotia on public event restrictions. As of April, there are no restrictions in place. For more guidance, please consult the Government of Nova Scotia’s website here.

Will there be photos and videos taken throughout the Summit?

The Summit has committed partners and businesses that will have a multitude of video and photo opportunities for delegates.

I have more questions, who can I contact?

You may get in touch with the Project Coordinator for the Summit, Jordan Banyan, who can be reached at Jbanyan@fmjf.ca

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Discover Halifax

 

Held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the birthplace of Black presence in Canada, you will have an unique opportunity to understand the unique history of people of African descent living in Nova Scotia and their often-untold contributions to Canada.

 

The first day of the Summit will include a dedicated time to visit African Nova Scotian landmarks and discover the untold 450 year-long history of Black Canadians in Nova Scotia.

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