African Canadian Response to the Pandemic and International Uprisings

Event Date: June 7th 2020

Moderated by Dr. Valerie Mason-John (hon.doc) M.A, author of I’m Still Your Negro: An Homage to James Baldwin, and co-editor of The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry – British Colombia

People of African-descent have been hardest hit by current circumstances. Economic distress and unemployment has disproportionately affected this population in the West, and statistics show that more individuals of African descent have died from the virus than in most other populations. This month, as well, we have had to bear witness to the public lynching of George Floyd and the suspicious death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet in Canada. Two more names added to the long list of black people who continue to be targeted and/or killed by the police.



Dr. George Elliot Clarke – The 4th Poet Laureate of Toronto (2012-15) and the 7th Parliamentary/Canadian Poet Laureate (2016-17) – Ontario

Dr. Afua Cooper – Professor, Chair: Lord Dalhousie’s History on Slavery and Race – Nova Scotia

Idil Issa – Advocate, writer, public speaker – focussing on gender, race, religion, and Muslim women of colour – Quebec

Ras Rico – Community Leader – Manitoba

Neil Donaldson – Creative Director of Stolen From Africa – Ontario

Dr. Malinda Smith – Incoming Vice Provost (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion), University of Calgary – Alberta

Dr. Handel Kashope Wright is professor of education and Director of the Centre for Culture, Identity & Education at the University of British Columbia

Matt Thomas – Keynote Speaker, Coach Educator – Alberta

Hosted by Lauren Carter and the Pandemic Response Reading Series.



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