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National Black Canadians Summit

July 29-31, 2022

Halifax Convention Center

1650 Argyle Street

Nova Scotia

*The Summit is a bilingual event, with simultaneous interpretation

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HELLO HALIFAX 2022!

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To ensure that the stories of Black Canadians are told, we must be the ones to hold the pen — starting with the history of Black Nova Scotians, a largely untold story that highlights how our community’s many contributions and innovations have gone unrecognized. Through our stories, we will ensure that future generations of Black Canadians know and take pride in their history and their identity. Black history is Canadian history.

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PRELIMINARY  PROGRAM

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The Summit is presented as a three-day conference, at the Halifax Convention Centre. Every workshop, presentation and creative session is inspired from the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024): Recognition, Justice and Development, as proclaimed by the United Nations. The full program with schedules will be released on a later date.

DAY 1 │ FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2022

MORNING

REGISTRATION FOR DELEGATES

Halifax Convention Centre

NOON

SITE VISITS OF HISTORIC AFRICAN NOVA SCOTIAN LANDMARKS 

  • Black Cultural Centre & Preston Township

  • Africville Museum, Citadel Hill & Government House

AFTERNOON

ROUNDTABLES AND WORKSHOPS

  • Writing Workshop (Youth)

  • Active Arts Expression (Youth)

  • Human Rights Roundtable

  • Anti-Black Racism Toolkit

  • Let’s Talk Black Health – Mental Health & Wellness

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NETWORKING COCKTAIL

EVENING

OPENING CEREMONY

 

  • Overture
    Omayra Issa and Andreas Robinson

 

  • Honouring Indigenous Land and its Historic Relationship with People of African Descent
    Land acknowledgement and Indigenous welcome

 

  • National Black Anthem (Lift Every Voice and Sing)
    Zamani Millar et Amariah Bernard-Washington

 

  • O Canada
    Lyris Daye

 

  • Keynote Remarks
    The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, 27th Governor-General of Canada, Third          Secretary-General of the International Organization of La Francophonie Vanessa Hartley, Environmental Racism Activist

 

  • Words of welcome from Summit co-chairs
    DeRico Symonds, Senior Executive Advisor to the Deputy Minister, in the Office of    Equity & Anti-Racism Initiatives of Nova Scotia 
    Vanessa Fells, Director of Operations, African Nova Scotian Decade for People of African Descent Coalition

 

  • Jazz Performance
    Zoe Tolliver

 

  • Dinner

 

  • Afrobeat Performance
    Advocates of Truth

 

  • Reggae + Soca Performance
    Jah’Mila

DAY 2 │ SATURDAY, JULY 30, 2022

MORNING

REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST

 

OPENING PLENARY SESSION

 

POETIC POWER PERFORMANCES

  • Randell Adjei, Ontario’s First Poet Laureate

  • Afua Cooper, Former Poet Laureate of Halifax

  • Titilope Sonuga, Edmonton’s Poet Laureate

 

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Conversation with Canadian Changemakers

Guests: Shamier Anderson and Stephan James, Black Academy

Host: Fabienne Colas, Award-winning actress, filmmaker, speaker, business owner and consultant

NOON

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

  • Telling our Stories

  • From Reimagining to Reinventing Justice

  • Let’s Talk Black Health – Influencing Health Systems and Structures

  • Breaking Barriers in Education – Focus on Primary to Grade 12

  • Activism 101 (Youth)

  • Blacks in Science and Tech

AFTERNOON

RECOGNIZING YOUNG CHANGEMAKERS

AFTERNOON

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

  • Black Identity and Creative Expression

  • Environmental Racism and Housing

  • Breaking Barriers in Education – Focus on post-secondary

  • Black Lives Matter and Beyond

  • Skilled Trades Talk

  • Black Business Roundtable

EVENING

AFTER-HOUR YOUTH EVENT

The Lighthouse

1600 Argyle Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia

DAY 3 │ SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2022

MORNING

REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST

CHURCH SERVICE

  • Officiated by Reverend Dr Lennett Anderson and Reverend Dr Rhonda Britton

  • Performance: Nova Scotia Mass Choir

CLOSING CEREMONY

HALIFAX DECLARATION

 
 
 
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REGISTER NOW!
Get your ticket here.
Limited quantity for Youth Admission.

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Our Summit Co-Chairs

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DeRico Symonds

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Vanessa Fells

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Our Keynote Speakers and Facilitators

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TRH Michaëlle Jean

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Vanessa Hartley

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Omayra Issa

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Andreas Robinson

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Shamier Anderson + Stephen James

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Fabienne Colas

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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 Marriot

To book before June 15, 2022

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

To book before June 28, 2022

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

To book before June 28, 2022

 

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

To book before June 28, 2022

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)

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Discover Halifax

 

Held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the birthplace of Black presence in Canada, understanding the unique history of people of African descent living in Nova Scotia and their often-untold contributions to Canada, the Summit will bring awareness to their story.

 

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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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

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?

The Foundation is collaborating with Halifax Transit to enhance our green events initiatives by allowing all delegates an opportunity to utilize its bus system, free of charge while visiting Halifax during the Summit. Visit the website of Halifax Transit.

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!

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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