National Black Canadians Summit

From December 4 to 6, 2017, in Toronto, Canada will mark the International Decade for People of African Descent with the National Black Canadians Summit: a convergence of 400 people of African descent and stakeholders.

With three days of high-energy keynotes, cultural performances and strategic planning sessions for social change, the ground-breaking event will draw from decades of Black community organizing and awareness-raising to serve as a springboard to accelerate collaboration around an inclusive Black Canadian agenda, grounded in an anti-oppression perspective.

The Edmonton Public Library is supporting this initiative, which is being organized by the Toronto Public Library and held at the Toronto Reference Library. EPL customers can watch live streams of summit events below. 

Want to learn more about Black history in Canada? Check out our list of books and resources about the contributions and experiences of Black Canadians.

Summit Schedule and Live Streams

Monday, December 4, 2017

5 p.m. - 7 p.m. MST — Opening Ceremony and Cultural Performances—The International Decade of People of African Descent in Canada: Over 150 Years and Counting

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

6:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. MST — Opening Plenary Session: Honouring Indigenous Land and its Historic Relationship with People of African Descent

11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. MST — Keynote Address: Looking Beyond Our Circumstances: Black Canadians Moving Forward

2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. MST — Keynote Address: Mobilizing Provinces and Municipalities to Empower Black Canadians

Wednesday, December 6

7 a.m. - 8 a.m. MST — Plenary Session: Human Rights in Canada and the International Decade for People of African Descent

11 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. MST — Keynote Address: Leveraging the Power of Research and Arts—The Black Experience Project

1:45 p.m. - 3 p.m. MST — Plenary Session: Building Our Future