In her speech, Mrs. Gracia Kasoki Katahwa, Mayor of the Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, emphasized the importance of the Summit in promoting social justice, providing a unique and necessary space for discussion and facilitating the exchange of experiences and best practices.

By choosing Montreal for the Summit in the final year of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent (2015 – 2024), the black communities of Montreal, Quebec and Canada will have the opportunity to celebrate their strengths, achievements and cultural contributions. With this support, the City of Montreal reaffirms its intention to put an end to racism and all forms of discrimination.

The Michaëlle Jean Foundation was born from the actions undertaken during the five-year term of the 27th Governor General of Canada, the Right Honorable Michaëlle Jean, who, with her husband Jean-Daniel Lafond, always believed in the importance of investing in youth, art, creativity and innovation for more citizen participation and social change. 

The Michaëlle Jean Foundation would like to thank the City of Montreal for its support. Our team looks forward to working with elected officials and city departments to ensure the success of this 4th edition of the National Black Canadians Summit on September 6-8, 2024.