Through this project, the Recipient will organize a three day National conference in Ottawa, Ontario. The conference will provide an opportunity for participants to discuss critical issues from an African-Canadian perspective with key government officials, institutions, service agencies and public servants to strengthen and encourage civic engagement and participation on issues related to; health, education, poverty, criminal justice, youth justice, and immigration.
Particular emphasis will be placed on engaging youth who, are in the justice system, who have been involved and at risk of involvement in the criminal justice system in a plenary and workshops to present and discuss the rise in gang activity and substance abuse issues among African-Canadian youth. With an objective to collectively find solutions, identify best practices and successful models that have resulted in meaningful changes for racialized youth.
The recommendations developed will be captured in a final report and distributed widely.