2021 SUMMIT SERIES
With the outbreak of the global pandemic, we were required to postpone the gathering planned for Halifax to March 2022. A series of virtual events will be held beginning April 2021 to convene and mobilize the national Black community and move forward on our way to NBCS 2022. As with every year, our primary goal is to amplify the voices of the Black communities in Canada, to highlight our contributions to this land and to take action to significantly reduce our challenges.
April 20 - REIMAGINING JUSTICE
Discussion #1 will be titled Reimagining Justice And will feature a panel discussion on the current realities affecting Canadians of Black/Caribbean and African descent who face the inequalities of racial discrimination and violence in proximity to the criminal justice system. The panel will feature key players from various sectors and will seek to answer some of these key questions:
What do solutions from all levels of government look like for BIPOC communities?
What do tangible actions look like for resolution on the current realities in within the federal justice system?
The event will be held on Zoom and start at 6:30 pm ET/ 7:30 ADT. Admission to the event will begin at 6:15 pm ET/ 7:15 pm ADT.
MEET THE SPEAKERS
Emilie Nicolas is a columnist with Le Devoir and The Montreal Gazette, as well as a consultant and public speaker on public policy, equity, human rights, international cooperation, race and gender issues. Emilie is committed to social justice and has co-founded Quebec Inclusif (2013) as well as a coalition campaigning for equality and against systemic racism in Quebec (2016).
She now sits on the boards of the Canadian Race Relation Foundation, a crown corporation dedicated to antiracism, and Informed Opinions, a non-profit working to increase gender balance in the media.
Suelyn Knight is the Unit Commander and Manager of the Equity, Inclusion and Human Rights Unit with the Toronto Police Service where she leads a team of subject matter experts on driving progressive and inclusive change in the organization including leading key initiatives such as the Race-Based Data Collection Strategy and the Gender Diversity and Trans Inclusion Project along with the Workplace Well-being, Harassment and Discrimination Review.
El Jones is a spoken word poet, educator, journalist, and community activist living in African Nova Scotia. She was the fifth Poet Laureate of Halifax. In 2016, El was a recipient of the Burnley "Rocky" Jones human rights award for her community work and work in prison justice. She is a co-founder of the Black Power Hour, a live radio show with incarcerated people on CKDU that creates space for people inside to share their creative work and discuss contemporary social and political issues.
DeRico Symonds is born and raised in Halifax Nova Scotia. He grew up in the public housing community known as “The Pubs”. DeRico continues to tirelessly advocate for communities in Halifax and he is apart of many National conversations on issues including but not limited to: Poverty, Unemployment, Affordable Housing, Marginalization and Community Violence.
April has over 20 years experience in government, corporate and community leadership, April is the Senior Executive Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Justice and leads the Office of Strategic Initiatives, and has over 20 years experience in government, corporate and community leadership.