Thursday, 20 April 2017

Revised List of Some Upcoming Events in April and May 2017

Justice Michael Tulloch will present his report of police oversight review to community and policing stakeholders.
April 24: Hamilton, at Sheraton Hamilton Hotel, Centre Ballroom, 116 King St. West. 6:30-8:30pm. Space is limited. RSVP at

Stand with SAPACCY! Black Mental Health Matters. Anti-Black Racism, SAPACCY and CAMH: An urgent Community Town Hall meeting to discuss issues and solutions on Thursday, April 27, 6-8:30 p.m. at Scarborough Civic Centre Council Chambers, 150 Borough Drive, Scarborough. Call African Canadian Legal Clinic at 416-214-4747/Tabono Institute at 647-856-7774.


African-Canadian Community Coalition to hold Town Hall on the lack of appropriate mental health & addictions services for African-Canadian youth at CAMH

At an urgently convened Town Hall at Scarborough Civic Centre, a community based coalition comprised of over thirty African-Canadian community organizations,
health and mental health professionals, and youth, will gather to discuss growing concerns of anti-Black racism at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), and to share information and identify options for action.

The Coalition is justifiably concerned about:

1. The diminution of Canada’s only public funded ethno-specific Mental Health and
Addictions program for African-Canadian Youth at CAMH - SAPACCY (Substance
Abuse Program for African Canadian and Caribbean Youth)
2. Over-representation of African-Canadian clients in clinical programs at CAMH
3. The lack of leadership and appropriate response to address anti-Black racism at CAMH, serious gaps regarding CAMH’s clinical environment, and poor treatment
of African-Canadian clients in CAMH’s clinical care
4. The lack of African-Canadian representation on the Board of Trustees and Senior
Leadership at CAMH
5. Deaths and over-restraint of African-Canadian men in the care of CAMH.

At the time of the Town Hall, the Coalition will release a joint statement calling on CAMH, the Minister of Health & Long Term Care, Minister of Children and Youth Services and Minister with responsibility for Anti-racism, Toronto Central, Central, Central West and Central East Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), and the City of Toronto to demonstrate a higher level of accountability to African-Canadian taxpayers, and take immediate joint action to stabilize and expand the SAPACCY program.

Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. EST
Location: Scarborough Civic Centre, Council Chambers
150 Borough Dr, Scarborough, ON M1P 4N7

Lead Organizations:
African Canadian Legal Clinic and Tabono Institute

The 6th annual Gospel Praise on Steel will take place on Saturday, April 29, doors open at 6pm, show starts at 6:45pm at Canada Christian College, 50 Gervais Drive (Don Mills & Wynford Drive).

Featuring steelband performances by: Nativity Steel Angels, Each One Teach One, Worship in Steel, Gemini Pan Groove, Malvern Praise on Pan, and St. Paul’s Steel Orchestra.
Vocalists: Highest Praise Gospel Singers. Calypsonian vocalists: Guney Cedeno, alongside Joy Lapps & other special guest performers.
MC: Itah Sadu. Tickets: $25(advance), $30 (at the door)
Tickets & Info: Wendy Jones (416) 525-2391 & Earl La Pierre Jr. (416) 953-0905

Itah Sadu, owner of A Different Booklist Cultural Centre, will moderate the discussion about "The Story of Albert Jackson.'

 The Story of Albert Jackson will be presented on Wednesday, May 3, 7-9pm at A Different Booklist, 777-779 Bathurst St., Toronto as part of the Mayworks Festival, April 28- May 7, 2017.

All Mayworks events are FREE; as space is limited, RSVP is required:

Racialized workers experience higher rates of unemployment and precarious work. We are making a link between the Albert Jackson story of 1882 and the intersection of racism and precarious work today, as Canada celebrates 150 years of Confederation in 2017.

The event will see the launch of a new picture book by and for children about the story of Albert Jackson, Toronto’s first black postal worker who faced racism from the other postal workers.

Following the book launch is a panel discussion moderated by Itah Sadu (A Different Booklist) and featuring Maryama Ahmed (Jane Finch Action Against Poverty), Mark Brown (Canadian Union of Postal Workers), and Kingsley Kwok (Ontario Public Service Employees Union).

Co-presented with Ontario Black History Society, The Elementary Teachers of Toronto, Toronto Workers’ History Project.

More information at

Joyful Rebellion (a Blackness Yes! fundraiser) will be held on Friday, May 5, 10pm-2:30am at Glad Day Bookshop, 499 Church St., Toronto.

Walk Good fundraiser – the JCA’s 35th annual walkathon will be held on Sunday, May 7. 5k or 10k routes. Walk, jog, run or cycle! Pledge forms are available for the Jamaican Canadian Association or online at or Sandra Whiting, Chair, 416-573-1375

Black Action Defense Committee presents the annual Dudley Laws Scholarship Fundraising Brunch on Sunday, May 7. Doors open at 1:30pm, starts at 2pm and ends at 6pm at the Jamaican Canadian Association, 995 Arrow Rd., Toronto. Keynote speaker: Royson James, municipal affairs columnist of the Toronto Star.
Tickets: $50 (includes meal and entertainment)

Internationally-acclaimed activist, author and scholar, Angela Davis, will be the keynote speaker at the Human Rights Forum held by the Canadian Labour Congress on Sunday, May 7. The CLC’s 28th Constitutional Convention will be from Monday, May 8 to Friday, May 12 at Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St. W., Toronto.

Black Canadian Studies Association biennial conference will be held at Brandon University in Manitoba, May 11-13, 2017.

The conference will feature outstanding scholars and contemporary thinkers and activists as they explore key questions pertaining to the following topics (and Conference title): “Blackness, Indigeneity, Colonialism, and Confederation:  21st Century Perspectives.” Keynote speakers will include Dr. Afua Cooper, JRJ Chair in Black Canadian Studies at Dalhousie University and Dr. Barrington Walker, Associate Professor at Queen’s University. The conference will also feature Sandra Hudson, Cicely-Belle Blain and Amina Abawajy in conversation about Black Lives Matter.  It is anticipated that the conference will bring together over 100 participants.
Additional details about the conference can be found at
Dr. Afua Cooper, James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

La’ Riatsila Dance Theatre presents “INFUSED” on Sunday, May 21, 5:30 p.m. at Dancemakers Studio Theatre, 313, 9 Trinity St., Toronto.
Tickets: $30
Facebook: La’ Riatsila
Telephone: 647-466-6812
La' Riatsila Dance Theater performing at JN Group Expo at Pearson Convention Centre in Brampton, Ontario in March 2017.

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