Canadian Black Muslims will have a promising opportunity on April 5 to share life experiences as well as enhance partnerships, collaboration, and networks to the benefit of their community.
This is coming through the Symposium of ‘Black Muslims in Canada’ which will be held by the Black Muslim Initiative (BMI), Muslim Link reports.
BMI is a grassroots project that aims to tackle issues at the intersection of Black and Muslim life in Canada. It will host the symposium in Toronto in partnership with the Islamic Institute of Toronto (IIT) and the Tessellate Institute.
The symposium is intended to bring together academics, researchers, policymakers, spiritual leaders and community members to engage in a full-day discussion on a broad set of themes relating to Canadian Black Muslims.
Keynote speakers include Minister for Citizenship and Immigration Ahmed Hussen and Member of Provincial Parliament Faisal Hassan. The event’s themes include history, identity, health, law, community-based organizing, religion, and politics.
Aisha Farah is one of the symposium’s guests where she’ll speak about her experience as a Canadian African poet who writes and shares sights relating to daily life struggles, Islamophobic terrorism, racial discrimination, and misconceptions.
Another speaker will be Fatimah Jackson-Best, a public health researcher who specializes in mental health and whose work focuses on communities in Canada and the Caribbean. She holds a PhD from the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health and conducted her dissertation research on Black women’s experiences of maternal depression in Barbados.
The speakers will discuss topics like Black Muslim narratives and the Canadian experience, Islamic scholarship and the North American context.