Annual Black History Month event

The Afro-Caribbean Mentorship Program in partnership with The Royal Bank of Canada Presents

Empowering Our Future

Honouring and paying homage to Afro-Caribbean Black (ACB) Canadians who came before us, and paved the way for many Canadians, is not only showing our appreciation but also acknowledging that their efforts do not go unnoticed. Although the sense of remembering and reflection tends to happen during Black History Month for many Canadians, we should also be diligent to not only focus on our past. Instead, we should be open and willing also to empower ACB Canadians in our contemporary moments, so that they, too, can positively pave the way for ACB Canadians for years to come. 

Historically, we know Black Canadians, such as Viola Davis, who have made a social impact that many Canadians benefit from today. But, what about our ACB people living now who are also contributing to the social fabric of this country? Lest we forget the ACB Canadians, currently, who are making a positive impact to push the narrative that signifies that ACB people are intelligent, passionate, and creative. For instance, Dr. Ciann Wilson achieved an academic Assistant Professor position at the young age of 28 years. Dr. Wilson’s work intentionally focuses on the improvement of the health and well-being of ACB communities, particularly in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Dr. Ciann Wilson is just one of many ACB community members whose work is important but tends to be under the radar as many Canadian are unfamiliar with her incredible social contributions.

Details of the event:

On February 28th, 2020, ACMP in partnership with the Royal Bank of Canada, Carleton University and The University of Ottawa will host its second annual, one-day, Black History Month event. The evening’s festivities will celebrate ACB history, while also honouring Black people, currently, who are making outstanding contributions to Canada. 

Who is this event intended for

Carleton University and the University of Ottawa students and faculty

OCDSB and OCSB high school students (parents), teachers and staff 

Broader Ottawa community members. 

Broader Montreal and Toronto community members

We encourage people of all ages and various ethnic backgrounds to attend, as this is a safe and inclusive space!   

Panellists – Warren Clarke (Moderator) 

          1- Jabez Arkaifie (RBC)  

          2-Adrian Harewood  (CBC journalist)  

          3-Joanne St. Lewis (UofO Professor)  

          4- Lydia Collins (Activist) 

          5- Richard Sharpe (ACB federal government) 

4-Final Scheduled performance + Closing remarks – 9:25 pm to 9:35 pm (10 mins)

    -Throne Seekers


We are very thrilled and thankful for our main partners and their support: 

Afro-Caribbean Mentorship Program (ACMP)

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Equity Services 

The Royal Bank of Canada

Carleton University’s Sociology and Anthropology Department


Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)

Faculty of Public Affairs 

Their support goes beyond time and resources. Thank you!