Panel Indigenous and Black Relations: The Past and Present

Panel Indigenous and Black Relations: The Past and Present

In collaboration with Equitas and the Conseil Interculturel de Montréal, Canadian Roots Exchange is excited to announce the second panel in our three-part dialogue series on reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous people. 

We want to first acknowledge this event is being held on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we gather. 

In this panel we will explore the relationship of solidarity between Black and Indigenous communities, through discussions about history, reclamation of culture and heritage, fight against discrimination, and community resilience. There will be opportunities for the audience to ask questions, and for everyone to connect more casually after the panel. Light refreshments will be served.

Entrance is free but registration is required through Eventbrite:

Panelists will present in both French and English, and interpretation services will be provided.

Our Panellists:

  • André-Yanne Parent, of Mi’gmaq and Acadian origins, holds a master’s degree in anthropology from the Université de Montréal. Elected on several Indigenous organizations’ boards, she is also one of the founders of DestiNATIONS, a cultural and artistic embassy for First Nations, Inuit and Metis in Montreal. She has been assigned and selected as representative of Quebec for the Center of Excellence for Aboriginal Young Leaders. André-Yanne was also selected in La Presse’s Top 30 Under 30 and was recently recognized as one of the top 40 women graduates from Université de Montréal. She is the Senior Director of Operations and Philanthropy for Inuit and First Nations Communities at Youth Fusion. 
  • Michael P. Farkas is President of Black History Month and Director of Youth in Motion and children’s performing arts programs. He is very passionate about Black history and spends most of his time working with his community in order to come up with ideas and start projects to help make the world a better place.
  • Carrington Christmas is the youth advocate at the Native Women’s Association of Canada. She is Mi’kmaw from Mi’kma’ki (Nova Scotia) and currently lives in Ottawa. She is a council member on the Premiers Council on Youth Opportunities, a Youth Leader for the Youth Reconciliation Initiative through Canadian Roots Exchange, and a Youth Facilitator on ending violence against Indigenous women with the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres. Carrington has worked within advocacy for Indigenous youth for the last 7 years.
  • Émilie Nicolas is a Vanier Scholar and Ph.D. Candidate in Linguistic Anthropology at the University of Toronto. Emilie’s academic interests are directly connected to her engagement with public affairs. She has contributed to various non-profit organizations in Montreal and Toronto, and has completed an Action Canada Fellowship. She is also a founding board member and the President of Québec Inclusif. Currently a Junior Fellow at Massey College, Emilie holds a Harry Jerome Award for Leadership along with a Governor General's Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case.

The presentations will be in French and in English, and an interpretation service will be offered. For person with disabilities, please contact us to ensure your access to the building: 

Friday, February 16, 2018

7:00PM to 9:00PM EST