More than 400 participants at the annual summit in Quebec

The 6th edition of the annual meeting of the Afro Youth Summit brought together more than 400 people, including community leaders, young people, and leaders of organizations from the French- and English-speaking, Haitian, African, and Caribbean black communities.

The event allowed the Afro Youth Summit to report on the various mandates entrusted to it in previous years, more particularly the establishment of the observatory of black communities in Quebec and the deployment of the economic development intervention network, etc.

The environment and racial profiling at the heart of the debates

The annual summit is the ideal opportunity for researchers, academics, parents, students, entrepreneurs, social workers, business people, managers, speakers, communities, professionals, and citizens interested in discussing the concerns of the black communities of Quebec in general and young people in particular. For this edition, the themes discussed focused on environmental issues in the era of inclusion and racial profiling.

The Youth consultations: Young people express their vision of Quebec

Three spokespersons for the 40 young people present at the Summit read a declaration reporting on the vision of young people for the Quebec of today and tomorrow. “That each initiative they implement aims to combat the racism which fractures the social bond between our diverse communities and which compromises the rights and freedoms of their members. We believe that it is necessary to lead this fight in various sectors such as education, the economy, culture, justice and health,” they essentially asked.

This declaration is the result of the Youth Consultations carried out on November 19 and 20, 2022, during which more than 100 young Afro-Quebecers from the greater Montreal region, the National Capital, and Outaouais gathered at the Maison des Jeunes Louverture in Montreal North to discuss the issues they face.

Read the declaration  

The medal of the National Assembly of Quebec to Édouard Staco

On the occasion of the annual summit on January 27, 2023, Édouard Staco, president of the Young Afro Summit, was awarded the National Assembly Medal by Mr. Andrés Fontecilla, Member of Parliament for Laurier-Dorion, Mr. Gabriel-Nadeau Dubois, spokesperson for Québec solidaire; Mr. Frantz Benjamin, vice-president of the National Assembly; Mr. Sol Zanetti, Member of Parliament for Jean-Lesage and Ms. Madwa-Nika Cadet, Member of Parliament for Bourassa. This recognition is awarded to him to highlight his contribution and involvement in the development of Quebec society.

From Da Costa to today: 400 years of contribution of black communities to Quebec

To celebrate the singularity of their journey and recall their contribution to the building of Quebec society today, the Young Afro Summit, CIDIHCA, and AfroMusée present until the 28th the exhibition “De Da Costa à aujourd’hui 400 ans d’apport des communautés noires au Québec”, a timeline which offers a panorama of the active and dynamic presence of black communities in all spheres of life in the province.

This initiative is part of the celebration of Black History Month.