Black legislative leaders, including Tony Ince, Minister of African Nova Scotia Affairs, are meeting in Ontario this week to discuss ways to build a better future for African Canadians.
The second Black Government Leaders’ Summit will take place in Toronto from Aug. 10 to 13. The first summit took place in Nova Scotia in Birchtown, Shelburne Co. last year and brought together federal and provincial legislators. Mr. Ince co-chaired that meeting.
“This summit is a chance for African Canadian leaders to discuss issues that affect our communities, from racism to jobs to leadership opportunities,” said Mr. Ince. “I am proud to be a black leader in Canada, and I look forward to meeting with fellow black leaders once more to talk about how we can continue to build a bright future for our children.”
This year’s meeting will focus on several key areas: youth engagement, economic opportunities, education and health of African Canadians.
“The Black Government Leaders’ Summit is a unique opportunity for federal, provincial and municipal leaders to work on policy issues that impact black Canadians, “said Michael Coteau, Minister of Children and Youth Services, and Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism. “Ontario is proud to host the second annual summit, building on the success of last year’s inaugural event.
“I look forward to working with my counterparts to examine effective methods to enhance business innovation and advancement in the black community, develop black leadership, and improve health and education outcomes for black Canadians. As co-chair for this year’s summit, I am thrilled to meet with my colleagues at this significant occasion.”
The meetings will feature presentations by international and local experts.
The summit is in support of the goals of the United Nations’ International Decade for People of African Descent.