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The primary goal is to amplify the voices of the Black communities in Canada, to highlight their contributions to this land, and to act to significantly reduce the obstacles they are faced with on their paths to success. This purpose was born under the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024) proclaimed by the United Nations.

In 2022, the Summit will be held on the Eve of Emancipation Day and along with the Annual Africville Reunion. It will be a critical event under the International Decade for People of African Descent, bringing together hundreds of associations, professionals, and community leaders, as well as a significant youth contingent. 

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The Fondation Michaëlle Jean Foundation (FMJF) is a national charitable organization created as the term of the 27th Governor General of Canada (2005–2010) concluded. Our work is deeply rooted in a responsive and proactive approach to supporting at-risk and underserved youth.

This year, our objective is to create real awareness of the shared responsibility to act against exclusion and racial discrimination, the effects of which have a devastating and pernicious impact on the whole of society. Because eradicating racism and its devastating impact on our society must matter to all. Together we are stronger.

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HOW DO WE ENSURE THAT CANADA'S HISTORY INCLUDES OUR STORIES?

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 PAST EDITIONS

Starting in 2017, the National Black Canadians Summit was created out of a call from emerging artists of African descent, from Halifax, Toronto, and Montreal, to confederate the efforts of Black individuals from across Canada, to see better outcomes for the community at large.

From the first Summit in the Toronto public library in 2017 to our 2019 event in Ottawa in the presence of, our federal parliamentarians and lawmakers, through our series of virtual events in 2021 efforts amid of the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Black Canadians Summit has been, an essential and vigorous platform for reflection and co-creation. The eradication of systemic racial discrimination, anti-Black racism, and its devastating impact on people, communities, and society as a whole, has to matter to all and be a shared responsibility.

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