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Black Canada Talking™ is a live online event that provides Black Canadians opportunity to give their takes and POVs on stories that are of importance to them.

On the August 2, 2020 edition of Black Canada Talking™ the conversation topic was Emancipation Day … Reconciling Our Black Histories.

This edition of Black Canada Talking™ was a collaboration between The Dr. Vibe Show™ and Black History Ottawa.

The conversation was co-hosted by Dr. Vibe and Sarah Onyango.

The special guests for this conversation were:

Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard was appointed to the Senate of Canada in 2016. She is a highly regarded social worker, educator, researcher, community activist and advocate of social change. She has worked in mental health at the provincial level, in rural community practice at the municipal level, and, since 1990, as a professor at the Dalhousie School of Social Work, where she also served as director for a decade. In 2016, she was appointed Special Advisor on Diversity and Inclusiveness at Dalhousie University and she is the first African Nova Scotian to hold a tenure track position at Dalhousie University and to be promoted to full professor. Dr. Thomas Bernard has worked with provincial organizations to bring diversity to the political processes in Nova Scotia and teach community members about Canada’s legislative process and citizen engagement. She is a founding member of the Association of Black Social Workers (ABSW) which helps address the needs of marginalized citizens, especially those of African descent. As a former member of the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women, and as its past Chair, was instrumental in the development of advice to ministers regarding frameworks for gender violence prevention and health equity. At the national level, she has served as a member of the National Coalition of Advisory Councils on the Status of Women. She has served as an expert witness in human rights cases and has presented at many local, national and international forums. Dr. Thomas Bernard has received many honours for her work and community leadership, notably the Order of Nova Scotia and the Order of Canada.

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Rosemary Sadlier is a historian, author, educator and Black History expert based in Toronto, Ontario Canada. Among her publications: ​Harriet Tubman (Dundurn Press), and The Kids Book of Black Canadian History (KidsCanPress). She was the consultant and writer/contributor to Black History: Africa, the Caribbean and the Americas (EMP)​

She completed her course work for her doctorate at OISE, University of Toronto.

Rosemary is an expert on the history of African Canadians and has been interviewed on numerous media outlets including CTV, CBC News Network, CBC syndicated radio, TVO, Radio Canada International, CITYtv, CP24, WNED and PBS​,​ Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Sun, Share Newspaper, Pride Newspaper​ and the ​Caribbean Camera​. She has presented across Canada, the U.S. and the Caribbean.​ Her recent writing concerning Black History related matters included a monthly column for Inside Toronto; book chapters for a publication on The Ward; and the Black Canadian Network Facebook site.

Rosemary is available for speaking engagements, short-term contracts, to consult and provide interviews​ on all aspects of Black History, Black Women, the Black experience and social justice. Among her recent accomplishments, she organized​ the national Canadian Black History Summit (April 2016); partnered with Councillor Paula Fletcher for the commemoration of the William Peyton Hubbard Park (Oct 2016); the historic recognition of Lincoln Alexander and Kay Livingstone; successfully planned the South African and Black Canadian Network reception (Nov 2016).​ Her patience and persistence resulted with a commemorative plaque for the AME Church site – Toronto (Dec. 2016) and the submission of the Parliamentary Petition for August 1st Emancipation Day (2018). She Chairs the Royal Commonwealth Society Toronto Branch, has given deputations to the UN, the Senate and City Council. Info: Email or LinkedIn.

Peter Hanes

A descendant of enslaved persons who worked at President George Washington’s Mount Vernon and President James Madison’s Montpelier, both in Virginia, Peter Hanes has been a coordinator for annual Washington, DC Emancipation Commemoration educational programs since the early 1990s. His late mother, Loretta Carter Hanes, a distinguished educational activist, historian and researcher, spearheaded the DC Emancipation Day Commemoration revival with an annual educational events series. Her son Peter produced the educational events, with historians CR Gibbs and Vincent deForest, and other partners. Loretta’s work came to the attention of local and federal government officials and the community which took up her cause and joined in organizing DC Emancipation Day city-wide public events, including in schools, libraries and churches. Then-DC Mayor Anthony Williams in 2005 signed into law April 16th DC Emancipation Day, as a legal public holiday.

Peter specializes in the electronic marketing of African American and African Canadian Heritage educational information and programs to Washington, DC, national and North American (USA-Canada) public audiences and is the editor for African North American Heritage News Digest. A former U.S. Department of the Interior headquarters IT specialist/editor, Hanes has served on the planning committees or supported numerous Washington, DC, national/ international African American and African Canadian Heritage public programs including national/international commemorations and conferences in the USA and Canada since 2001. Historian CR Gibbs and Peter were presenters at various Ontario Black History Society (OBHS) Emancipation Day Commemorations. Peter attended such August 1st Emancipation Day Commemorations and Caribana in Toronto from about 2000-2006, 2012, and 2013.

A strong proponent of documentary films/video as a global distance learning resource, Peter was a film festival coordinator for: 3 Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) national conventions; and a Library and Archives Canada (LAC) Canada-USA Black Studies mini-film festival (2010).

Among his projects, Peter was part of a National Park Service (NPS) headquarters team that supported:

· Presidential Commission on the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), which made recommendations to the U.S. Congress that established the NMAAHC;
· NPS Harriet Tubman Special Resource Study Team, which made recommendations to the U.S. Congress that established the Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks.

He has also served as a:

· USA delegate/presenter, UNESCO Slave Route Project (SRP) International Seminar, Brasilia, Brazil (2012);
· Program Committee member, UNESCO SRP International Seminar, Charlottesville, Virginia (2018);
· Consultant, UNESCO SRP’s free web publication, Legacies of Slavery: A Resource Book for Managers of Sites and Itineraries of Memory (2019);
· UNESCO SRP Advisory Board Member (since 2013)

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During the conversation, the panelists talked about:

– Why they are passionate about commemorating Emancipation Day as a national holiday in Canada
– Emancipation Day being more relevant than ever
– The negative feedback that is being brought up in regards to Emancipation Day being regarded as a national holiday
– If Emancipation is a “made-up white-saviour holiday”

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