Michaëlle Jean Foundation announces National Black Canadians Summit

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The Fondation Michaëlle Jean Foundation is pleased to announce that it is offering Live Streaming of the National Black Canadians Summit (#NBCS2022) through the generous partnership of Enbridge, making the Summit more accessible to more Canadians.

The live stream is an opportunity for the public to take part in a suite of sessions, to hear the presenters and interact with panelists at the Summit. The three-day live stream program will showcase the Opening ceremony, youth-focused workshops, keynote addresses, roundtable discussions and the Halifax Declaration.

Enbridge, NBCS Live Streaming partner, will introduce a session on Day 2 at the Summit entitled Blacks in Science and Tech, a much-anticipated panel highlighting the interests and successes of Black professionals and students. Many industry professionals will reflect on how to dismantle barriers, through reflections on their lived experience.

Access to the entire live stream summit costs $45 with complementary modules to enhance the online experience. Be a part of the Summit movement – register at:  https://www.blackcanadiansummit.ca/.

“The Summit provides a valuable opportunity to share even sensitive issues. This brave and safe space where Black communities will come to share their stories and do so with a concern for truth is a powerful circle of speech, pride, awareness and mobilization. We have come a long way, but there is still a long way to go,” said former Governor General Michaëlle Jean.

With the Halifax Declaration, the birthplace of Black presence in Canada, all delegates will want to bear witness to the perspectives and expectations of Black communities, challenging the status quo, a

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legacy of colonial and racist policies which have been harmful to historically excluded and marginalized peoples.

The Michaëlle Jean Foundation was born out of the actions taken to focus specifically on youth-led civic initiatives across Canada by the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean throughout her mandate as the 27th Governor-General of Canada in collaboration with the unwavering commitment of her husband, Jean-Daniel Lafond, philosopher-filmmaker and writer.

The Foundation, created in 2011, is a national charitable organization that uses a unique model of intervention, based on social change, dialogue, innovation, education, creative and social entrepreneurship, to empower young Canadians across the country who are experiencing exclusion.

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The presence of Youth will be prominent at the Summit – as such, the online audience will be able to hear their perspectives and initiatives that are strongly committed to the eradication of racial discrimination, and participate in the Interactive Arts expression along with the Anti-Black Racism Toolkit workshops. The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission and the Canadian Race Relations Foundation will present the Human Rights Roundtable highlighting mobilization efforts carried out by the Black Canadian communities.