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Grants for Youth

The Power of Youth offers a maximum grant of $5,000 for youth-led projects benefiting Black communities in Canada. To be eligible for the grant, applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents self-identifying of African descent between the ages of 16-30.

The application process is closed. For more information, please contact nveltmeyer@fmjf.ca.

 

The Power of Youth was made possible through the financial support of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation.

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Final Clearance

Summit Report

The Summit serves as the major meeting point for people of African Descent living in Canada - a space where shared experiences raise awareness about major challenges and barriers faced in everyday. The
Summit acted as an important platform for amplifying a national conversation on ways to enhance social
cohesion, as well as promote inclusive, equitable,
and sustainable development for all Canadians.

The Foundation is proud to present the impact of the Summit and its journey to Halifax.

Special Thanks

We cannot say enough about the unwavering and extraordinary contributions of all panelists, committee members, the writers of the Halifax Declaration and creatives. Together, we are stronger.

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Panelists and Speakers

Moashella Shortte, Titilope Sonuga, Randell Adjei, Landscape of Hope, Youth Arts Connection, iMOVE, Gyasi Symonds, Kirk Johnson, Reverend Dr Lennett Anderson, Joseph Fraser, Myrlande Pierre, Karen Mutyabule, Samm Reid, Debra Olaniyi, Robert Wright, Dr Kwame Mckenzie, Dr Jude Mary Cénat, Richard Sharpe, Floydeen Charles-Fridal, Sipekne’katik Elder Joe Francis and The Honourable Marci Ien.

Committee Members

Vanessa Fells, Bernadette Hamilton-Reid, DeRico Symonds, Sylvia Parris, Andrea Robinson

Kevin Hewitt, Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard, Sean Foyn, Ross Cadastre, Stephanie Allen, Floydeen Charles-Fridal, Ryan Veltmeyer, Nicole Johnson, Jessica Bowden, David Schimpky, Tamar Brown, Bethalihem Lemma, Mohamed Ibrahim, Michelle James, Carl Everton James, Deborah Emmerson, Tianne Lewis, Mario Rolle, Sophia Brown-Ramsey, Tara Taylor, Mohammad Moussa, Kesa Munroe, Chris Thompson, Suelyn Knight, Crystal States, El Jones, Husoni Raymond, Matthew Martel, Sandra Hudson, Ariana Lloyd, Tiffany Perry, Njeri Watkins, Isabelle Levert Chiasson, Tracey Jones-Grant, Marlene Ruck-Simmonds, Jeff Clark, Lola Agbaje-Williams, Jaqueline Beckles, Dena Williams and Lindell Smith

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Panelists and Speakers

Jean-Daniel Lafond, Honourable Mary Ng, Shamier Anderson, Stephan James, Fabienne Colas, Daniel Kinsella, Emilie Nicolas, Robert Wright, Angela Simmonds-Sparks, Sharon Davis-Murdoch, Dwight Townsend, Dre Natalia Kanem, Suzanne Obiorah, Robert Upshaw, Pemberton Cyrus, Dr. Marlene Ruck-Simmons, Tana Turner, Tya Collins, El Jones, Sandy Hudson, Damini Awoyiga, Eldon Holder Jr, Isaac Olowolafe, Chloë Cheyenne, Irvine Carvery, Cheryll Case, Stephanie Allen, Vanessa Hartley, Jerome Morgan, Matthew Martell, Mona-Lisa Prosper, Cynthia Dorrington, Michael Pinnock, Kadaesha Lindsay, Tiffani Young, Melisa Ellis, Georges Nana, Dave D’Oyen, amanuel melles, Dwayne Provo, Ricardo Lamour, Webster, Bria Miller, Kardeisha Provo, Rachel Décoste, Agassou Jones, Ashley Hill, Andrew Allen, Dr. Wendy Mackey, Carl James,  Shalyn Williams de Coteau, Leanne Lucas, Kevin Hewitt, Alfred Burgesson, Edouard Staco, Jessica Kirk, Marlihan Lopez, Husoni Raymond, Afua Cooper, Anthony Sherwood, Guyleigh Johnson, Juanita Peters, Olu Seye, Sean Foyn, John Beck, Mo Belleus, Cheryll Case, Stéphan Corriveau, Shelley Fashan, Clifton Flushy, Samantha Jones, Ray Williams, Lisa Ingraham and Colette Kikongi

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Speakers

Reverends Dr Lennett Anderson and Dre Rhonda Britton, Measha Brueggergosman, Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Senator Wanda Thomas-Bernard, Peter Mills, Michelle Bachelet, Dre Natalia Kanem, Roda Muse and Iona Stoddard

Halifax Declaration

Performers

Wayn Hamilton, El Jones, Ricardo Lamour, Derico Symonds, Liliona Quarmyne, Susie Hansen, Marko Simmonds and Dre Lynn Jones

Contributors

Wayn HamiltonEl Jones, Emilie Nicolas, Richard Sharpe, OmiSoore Dryden, David Schimpky, Ricardo Lamour, Kesa Munroe, Rinaldo Wilcott, Bethalihem Lemma, The Right Honorable Michaëlle Jean, Stephanie Allen, Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard, Sean Foyn and DeRico Symonds

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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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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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Moashalla Shortte

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Afua Cooper

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Advocates of Truth (Gallyna, Rajab Ally

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Titilope Sonuga

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Zamani Millar and Amariah Bernard-Washington

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Ja'Mila

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Randall Adjei

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Zoe Tolliver

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Measha Bruggergosman-Lee

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Nova Scotia Mass Choir

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