Past Events 2019/2020

September 2019

Orientation Day

©Photos by Yousef Abdel Rahman

ACMP’s Orientation day event at Carleton University is an effort to continue to acknowledge the White Settler discourse that is associated with the institutions of post-secondary education. This reality can create barriers for Afro-Caribbean Black (ACB) students, along with racialized students. We believe that accessing student services such as writing services, are available for racialized students, but there continue to be barriers for said students. For instance, ACB and racialized students may know where and how to access critical students services for their social and academic development. However, the services may not be beneficial for them as they are not culturally sensitive to the needs of ACB and racialized students. In this particular scenario, the services become difficult for students to seek help. 

ACMP’s FREE 2-hour event will focus on helping first-year ACB students transition from high school to post-secondary education. ACMP will be working in solidarity with other racialized and non-racialized students to offer this event, as a way to create an inclusive and safe Carleton University. We will discuss access to resources for mental health, financial guidance, academic advice, career planning, and more. This event will also include a segment on “First-Year Survival Tips.”  Students will get a chance to hear from mature students and have the opportunity to ask questions. 

ACMP will also be focusing on the following: 

-Empower Carleton undergraduate and graduate students with an understanding of the available services, such as: Writing Services; Career Services; Health and Counselling Services and more 

– ACMP’s one on one mentorship 

-Who should you know in your department

– Getting involved on campus

– Learning about audits and degree requirements

– Navigating living on residence 

– Networking 

While we encourage first year students from Carleton University and the University of Ottawa, we also welcome returning students, high school students and the broader Ottawa community. In creating inclusive spaces for racialized students, support from the community and, parents and guardians is crucial. . We encourage students to invite their parents or guardians to join them at the event. Additionally, networking with community members, professors, and other students is a large part of what the ACMP offers and integrates into every event.

Changing The Narrative:

Discussing the impacts of ignored history on Black lives today

©Photos by Yousef Abdel Rahman

In a CBC short documentary, “Deeply Rooted,” seventh-generation Black Canadian filmmaker, Cazhmere, explains that not every person of colour is a newcomer to Canada. The historical experiences of African, Caribbean and Black individuals are often ignored in mainstream discourse and memory today. These histories include slavery, segregation and socio-ecoonomic exclusion. Ignoring these experiences  creates misconceptions of the fundamental role of African, Caribbean and Black populations in the creation of Canadian society while simultaneously contributing to stereotypes of ACB individuals and systemic racism and exclusion. This makes it critical to acknowledge Canadian history as more than the presence of the underground railroad but to also discuss its racist past. 

ACB individuals may face the effects of ignored history in everyday life, employment and academia. With this in mind, the Afro-Caribbean Mentorship Program (ACMP)  has organized an open discussion surrounding anti-black racism in our communities today. Our goal is to foster an inclusive and safe space for students, professionals and community members from all walks of life to communicate, learn, and discuss. 

Changing the Narrative, on Friday, October 18th at 5:00 PM, was a 3-hour open discussion surrounding the following subtopics:

–      Why talking about history is important 

–     History manifested as stereotypes today (e.g in media, pop culture, criminal justice system etc.)

–     Microaggressions in the workplace/school 

–     How pursuing academia can or cannot change the narrative

Annual Financial Literacy Interactive Workshop

Financial literacy is rarely taught in curriculums and it is an essential skill for young people to have as they navigate the world of student loans, monthly payments, and credits. 

©Photos by Yousef Abdel Rahman

On Wednesday, October 30th, 2019, the Afro-Caribbean Mentorship Program (ACMP) sponsored by the Royal Bank of Canada presented the Annual Financial Literacy Interactive Workshop at Carleton University.

The purpose of this Free annual event was to help students prepare for their financial future. Through this event, attendies were empowered with the following skills:  

– credit management

–  students budgeting

–  managing loans 

–  access to financial resources 

And so much more!!!

This event offered a hands-on and interactive approach to financial literacy. 

Featured speakers included :

  • Harprit Gill, certified independent financial advisor and executive director of the Citizen Empowerment Project

Second Annual More Than Networking

©Photos by Yousef Abdel Rahman and Akintunde Akinleye

On Friday, November 29th, 2019,ACMP organized its second annual More Than Networking event. The ACMP initiative accommodated 150 students, faculty, and broader community members to encourage ACB young people to recognize the importance of networking. Similar to the first networking event, the follow up included Afro-Caribbean professionals, and many other community members from different ethnic groups, who participated in teaching students how to network. Professionals were encouraged to extend as “olive branch,” by shaking hands with young people. 

The purpose of the second annual More Than Networking event was to build stronger community ties in our Ottawa Afro-Caribbean geographical area between students and professionals.

Featured speakers included: 

  1. French Catholic School board trustee – Valerie Assoi
  2. Ottawa City Councillor – Rawlson King
  3. Natasha Duckworth – Independent Travel Consultant
  4. Sonia Elliot – Bilingual Real Estate Sales Representative
  5. Erica Ifill – social media strategist at, Not In My Colour, and hosts of the podcast called Bad + Bitchy

A free full course dinner was catered by young ACB upcoming Chef from Montreal, Quebec:

Akai Gannon

Changing the Narrative

 What is the Black identity?

To continue to support and empower “Black” Canadians, the Afro-Caribbean Mentorship Program (ACMP) organized its second, FREE, open and thought-provoking discussion surrounding anti-black racism. In doing so, they had an hour discussion about what “Blackness” means in our Ottawa community, followed by the showcasing of the film “Queen and Slim.”

The main goal was to foster an inclusive and safe space for students, professionals and community members from all walks of life to communicate, learn, and discuss race and ethnicity in our Ottawa community. 

Although the film, Queen and Slim, focuses on an Afro-American social experience, which is hypothetical, it illustrates the following intersections, and also can be applied to the Black Canadian experience to some extent: 






ACMP recognizes that the fiction behind this film still portrays and acknowledges a social reality that many Black Canadians and Americans deal with on a day to day basis. We use this film not only to entertain our guests but also to encourage critical thinking.


Black History Month event

©Photos by Yousef Abdel Rahman

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


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 Desmond, 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 

  1. Carleton University and the University of Ottawa students and faculty,
  2. OCDSB and OCSB high school students (parents), teachers and staff 
  3. Broader Ottawa community members. 
  4. 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!   

Date and location of the event

When:  Friday, February 28th, 2020 

Where: Dominion Chalmer Centre (355 Cooper St., Ottawa, Ontario)

Time of the event

Full course complimentary (FREE) dinner served between 5 pm to 6 pm. Accommodating 200 people.

  1. Meat option 
  2. Vegan/vegetarian option 

Ticket information

Free event, open to the public!

Food tickets: First, 200 people to register will receive a complimentary dinner!

Non-food tickets: The Sanctuary in Dominion Chalmers (where the event will be hosted)  can accommodate 800 – 1000 guests. Therefore, we can accommodate a large number of guests, at no charge!


Certificate of recognition & Student bursaries

Certificate of recognition: 

-Dr. Ciann Wilson (professor at Wilfred Laurier)  

-Dr. Amina Mire (professor at Carleton University)

-Tanya Vanloo (Nigerian Canadian Association, Montreal)  

-June Girvan (Bio required) – Richard Sharpe to present  

-Richard Sharpe 

-Dr. Awad Ibrahim (Professor at The University of Ottawa)

-Jacqueline Lawrence

-Jason Seguya (UofO) 

Ottawa Police constable – Tristan Bailey (recipient of last years BHM event certificate of recognition) will pay it forward by recognizing:  (Confirmed!!)

  1. Rachid Timbilla (UofO, Currently in the Law program)  (Bio required)
  2. Iseah Montgiraud (Limitless Era Sports Training, young ACB youth (Bio required)

Student bursaries

ACMP will be recognizing three ACB students (highschool and university) with three academic bursaries for their outstanding contributions to academia and the community:

 -High school student – $200 (High school student who is starting university in September 2020)

-Carleton University – $400 (currently enrolled)

-The University of Ottawa – $400 (currently enrolled)

The purpose of these scholarships is to financially support and encourage ACB students to continue their pursuits in post-secondary education. 

Itinerary :

The event will be co-hosted by L.A. Wade, Troy Crossfield and Warren Clarke

-Dinner will be served between – 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm 

 -Welcoming everyone – Duet from Sarah Mpalirwa and Syntiche Mavwavwa – 6:40pm to 6:55pm (15 mins)

-Opening remarks, by Warren Clarke, Troy Crossfield, and L.A. Wade  

– Land acknowledgment 

 -Purpose of the event 

 –Chris Mayema-Panda, Community Manager at RBC will speak for 2-3 mins and provide a short welcome as the presenting sponsor.

Certificates: Part 1

-Dr. Ciann Wilson (professor at Wilfred Laurier)  

-Dr. Phillip Howard (professor at McGill University)

-Dr. Amina Mire (professor at Carleton University)

Performance – 6:55pm to 7:15pm (20 mins) 

        –The Montreal Nigerian Canadian Association: Youth fashion show 

Certificates: Part 2

-Tanya Vanloo (Nigerian Canadian Association, Montreal)   

-Richard Sharpe (Black community activist, Ottawa) 

-Suzan Richards (Owner & Artistic Director to The Cultural Arts Studio, Ottawa)    

-1st Keynote speaker – 7:15 pm to 7:40 pm (15 + 10 mins for Q&A)

Ottawa Police Inspector, Isobel Granger 

Certificates: Part 3

Ottawa Police constable – Tristan Bailey (recipient of last year’s BHM event certificate of recognition) will pay it forward by recognizing: 

  1. Rashid Timbilla (UofO, Currently in the Law program)  (Bio required)
  2. Iseah Montgiraud (Limitless Era Sports Training, young ACB youth (Bio required)

Performance – 7:40pm to 7:50pm (10 mins)

    –Jamaal “The Poet” Rogers 

Certificates: Part 4

  By  Richard Sharpe  

-June Girvan (President of Ottawa Black History) – Richard Sharpe to present  

Certificates: Part 5

-Dr. Myrna Lashley (Professor at McGill University)

-Jacqueline Lawrence OCDSB Equity Coordinator 

-Jason Seguya  (UofO – President of the Student Experience) 

-2nd Keynote speaker – 7:50 pm to 8:15 pm (15 + 10 mins for Q&A) – 

Ottawa Carleton District School Board Director, Camille Williams-Taylor 

Certificates: Part 6

-Dr. Awad Ibrahim (Professor at The University of Ottawa)

-Bridget Anderson (Carleton University, undergraduate student, community activist)

-Congratulating Institute of African Studies (IAS) for a successful 10 years at Carleton University. 8:15 pm to 8:25 pm (10 mins)  – Warren to present.

  1. Announcement of the day-long 10thanniversary celebration of the Institute of African Studies on March 12th, to be held at CDCC

 -A Tribute – 8:25pm to 8:35pm (Dr. Samuel O.) 

-Pius Adesanmi Tribute  (10 mins) By Dr. Samuel Oloruntoba

Student bursaries

-Carleton University – $400 –  Yazmeen Jamieson

-The University of Ottawa – $400 –  Justine Keke

-Panel discussion (How can we empower our ACB people in our contemporary moments?) – 8:35 pm – 9:25 pm (40 mins panel discussion + 10 Q&A= 50 mins) 

Panellists – Warren Clarke (Moderator) 

          1- Jabez Arkaifie (RBC)  

          2-Adrian Harewood  (CBC journalist)  

          3-Joanne St. Lewis (UofO Professor)  

          4- Lydia Collins (Activist) 

          5- Jadon Ilukhor (Glebe C.I. student) 

          6- Richard Sharpe (ACB federal government)

          7. Meghan Wills (Parents for Diversity) 


Final 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!

Le programme de mentorat Afro-Caribéen en partenariat avec la Banque Royale du Canada


Renforcer notre avenir

Honorer et rendre hommage aux Canadiennes et Canadiens noirs Afro-Antillais (ACB) qui nous ont précédés et ont pavé la voie à de nombreux Canadiens et Canadiennes, c’est non seulement témoigner de notre appréciation, mais également reconnaître que leurs efforts ne passent pas inaperçus. Bien que le sentiment de mémoire et de réflexion ait tendance à se manifester pendant le Mois de l’histoire des pour de nombreux Canadiens et Canadiennes, nous devons également faire preuve de diligence pour ne pas nous concentrer seulement sur notre passé. Nous devons plutôt être ouverts et disposés autant à habiliter les ACB Canadiennes et Canadiens dans nos moments contemporains, afin qu’ils puissent, eux aussi, ouvrir la voie aux ACB Canadiennes et Canadiens dans le futur.

Historiquement, nous connaissons des Canadiennes et Canadiens noirs, comme Viola Desmond, qui ont eu l’impact social dont de nombreux Canadiens et Canadiennes bénéficient aujourd’hui. Mais qu’en est-il de nos membres ACB vivant actuellement qui contribuent également au développement social de ce pays ? N’oublions pas les ACB Canadiennes et Canadiens de notre époque qui ont un impact positif dans le fait de pousser le récit qui prouve que les personnes ACB sont intelligentes, passionnées et créatives. Par exemple, le Dr Ciann Wilson a obtenu un poste de professeur universitaire adjoint au jeune âge de 28 ans. Le travail du Dr Wilson se concentre précisément sur l’amélioration de la santé et du bien-être des communautés ACB, en particulier dans la région du Grand Toronto (GTA). Dr Wilson n’est qu’une des nombreux membres de la communauté ACB dont le travail est important mais non reconnu, et ce, parce que de nombreux Canadiens et Canadiennes ne connaissent pas ses contributions sociales incroyables.

Détails de l’événement:

Le 28 février 2020, l’ACMP, en partenariat avec la Banque Royale du Canada, l’Université Carleton et l’Université d’Ottawa, organisera son deuxième événement annuel d’une journée pour célébrer le Mois de l’histoire des Noirs. Les festivités de la soirée célébreront l’histoire de l’ACB, tout en honorant les Noires et Noirs, qui apportent actuellement une contribution exceptionnelle au Canada.

À qui s’adresse cet événement

a. Étudiants et professeurs de l’Université Carleton et de l’Université d’Ottawa,

b. Conseil scolaire du district d’Ottawa-Carleton et ses élèves, parents, enseignants et personnel

c. Membres de la communauté d’Ottawa.

d. Membres de la communauté élargie de Montréal et de Toronto

N.B : Nous encourageons les personnes de tous âges et de toutes origines ethniques à participer, car il s’agit d’un espace sûr et inclusif!

Date et lieu de l’événement

Quand: vendredi 28 février 2020

Où: Dominion Chalmer Centre (355, rue Cooper, Ottawa, Ontario)

Heure de l’événement

Dîner complet (GRATUIT) sera servi entre 17 h et 18 h. Capacité 200 personnes.

a. Option viande

b. Option végétalienne / végétarienne

Informations sur les billets

Événement gratuit, ouvert au public!

Billets de restauration: tout d’abord, 200 personnes inscrites recevront un dîner gratuit!

Billets non alimentaires: le Sanctuaire de Dominion Chalmers (où l’événement sera organisé) peut accueillir entre 800 à 1 000 invités. Donc, nous pouvons accueillir un grand nombre d’invités, sans frais!


Certificat de reconnaissance et bourses d’études

Certificat de reconnaissance:

Dr Ciann Wilson (professeur à Wilfred Laurier) 

Dr. Amina Mire (professeur à Carleton Universite)

Dr Awad Ibrahim (professeur à l’Université d’Ottawa)

Tanya Vanloo (Association des Canadiens-Nigérians de Montréal) 

June Girvan (Bio requise) – Richard Sharpe à présenter 

Richard Sharpe (ACB Ottawa Community activist)

Jacqueline Lawrence (OCDSB Equity services coordinator)

Jason Seguya (Université d’Ottawa Student Life Commissioner)

Agent de police d’Ottawa – Tristan Baily (récipiendaire du certificat de reconnaissance de l’événement BHM de l’année dernière) le remboursera en reconnaissant: 

a. Rachid Timbilla (UofO, actuellement dans le programme de droit) 

b. Iseah Montgiraud (Entraînement sportif de l’ère sans limites, jeune ACB 

Bourse d’étudiant

L’ACMP récompensera trois étudiants ACB (lycée et université) avec trois bourses académiques pour leurs contributions exceptionnelles au milieu universitaire et à la communauté:

 – Élève du secondaire – 200 $ (Élève du secondaire qui entre à l’université en septembre 2020)

– Carleton University – 400 $ (actuellement inscrit)

– L’Université d’Ottawa – 400 $ (actuellement inscrit)

Le but de ces bourses est de soutenir et d’encourager financièrement les étudiants de l’ACB à poursuivre leurs études postsecondaires.

Programme :

-Le dîner sera servi entre – 17h00 et 18h00

-Ouverture – 18h40 à 18h55 (15 min)

-Reconnaissance du territoire

-Bienvenue à tous

-Objectif de l’événement

 -Reconnaissance de partenariat   

1-Performance programmée – 18h55 à 19h15 (20 min)

 -Association des Nigérians-Canadiens de Montréal : Défilé de mode jeunesse    

-1er conférencier principal – 19 h 15 à 19 h 40 (15 + 10 minutes pour les questions et réponses) – Inspecteur de la police d’Ottawa, Isobel Granger

2 performances programmées – 19 h 40 à 19 h 50 (10 minutes)

    -Jamaal le poète

-2e conférencier principal – 19 h 50 à 20 h 15 (15 + 10 minutes pour les questions et réponses) – Camille Williams-Taylor, directrice du conseil scolaire du district d’Ottawa-Carleton

 -Un hommage – 20 h 15 à 20 h 25

-Hommage à Pius Adesanmi (10 minutes) 

– Féliciter l’Institut d’études africaines (IAS) pour ses 10 années de succès à l’Université Carleton. 20 h 25 à 20 h 35 (10 minutes) 

-Panel de discussion (Comment pouvons-nous responsabiliser nos ACN dans nos moments contemporains?) – 20h35 – 21h25 (40 minutes de discussion en groupe + 10 questions / réponses = 50 minutes)

Panélistes – Warren Clarke (Modérateur)

          1-Jabez Arkaifie (RBC)

          2-Adrian Harwood (journaliste de CBC)

          3-Joanne St. Lewis (Professeur UofO)

          4-Lydia Collins (militante)

          5-Richard Sharpe (ACB gouvernement fédéral)   

4-Final Performance prévue + Remarques de clôture – 21h25 à 21h35 (10 min)

    -Throne Seekers

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