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Panel discussion: A Celebration of Black Motherhood in Canada

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The ACMP is organizing a panel discussion with ACB mothers, where they can be vulnerable, ask questions, critically think, share solutions,

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The Afro-Caribbean Mentorship Program sponsored by The Royal Bank of Canada

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Panel discussion: A Celebration of Black Motherhood in Canada

Afro-Caribbean Black (ACB) mothers in Canada face unique challenges when facing anti-Black racism. ACB mothers are racially discriminated against when receiving prenatal care and stigmatised by mainstream society to fit the White Canadian image of the ideal mother. For instance, unlike the U.S., Canada does not actively collect race-based stats in many areas. As a result, we are lacking much needed data to support the issues specific to Black mothers such as maternal and birth mortality rates, postpartum depression and mental health, children’s aid society interactions, maternity leave, and more. In addition to systemic factors, safe spaces for ACB mothers are hard to find – both virtual and in person. Parenting groups, mommy blogs, mommy & me classes and books flood social media, but these are mainly focused on the White Canadian idea of Motherhood and exclude many complex issues relating to raising Black children in Canada.

The ACMP is organizing a panel discussion with ACB mothers, where they can be vulnerable, ask questions, critically think, share solutions, and connect with other ACB mothers. This is especially needed during Covid-19 where numerous ACB mothers are isolated from their social circle or “village”.

When: Friday, May 14th

Time: 7 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: Zoom

This event keeps in mind that “motherhood” at times omits ACB women’s lived experiences. We purposely open this space to acknowledge, appreciate, honour and recognize ACB women, specifically ACB motherhood empowerment! Through our panelists and participants’ unique and valuable experiences we will explore what ACB Motherhood means, why it is important, and how we can collectively work together to advance it.

This event is open to all Canadian community members who feel the need to learn but maybe share thoughts on how we can continue to empower ACB women. We encourage students from high school to all levels of post-secondary institutions to attend.

The topics that will be touched on are the following and not limited to:

Birth and Labour

What to Expect When You’re Expecting

Postpartum Depression & Mental Health

Motherhood and Career

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