A Witnessed Roundtable: Afro-Caribbean liberation at home and abroad | Saturday, 15. August 2020
About this Event
Roundtable Witnesses: The Roundtable Witnesses stand to benefit from the perspectives and calls to action shared by the Roundtable Speakers. They do not engage directly with any Roundtable Speakers.
During the Roundtable:
- Wait in the ‘Waiting Room’ until each registered witness is admitted by the Roundtable facilitator
- Video and microphones are off for the entirety of the session.
- May ask questions using the chat feature, sent directly to the Trauma-Informed Support member
- Will be removed from the chat by the Roundtable facilitator immediately if they misuse any of the features (especially chat)
- Zoë David-Delves (Saint Vincent & the Grenadines Diaspora) is a scholar and activist in the fields of gender, race and sexuality equity and advocacy. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice and a master’s degree from the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs. Her professional focus and lived experience centres the intersections of structural marginalisation, specifically as relates to Black and ***** people.
- Joel Simpson (Guyana) is the founder and Managing Director of SASOD Guyana. Founded on June 7, 2003, SASOD Guyana is the global and local award-winning, human rights organization and movement, leading change, educating and serving communities in Guyana and the Caribbean. He holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Guyana. He is a Chevening scholar with a Master of Laws Degree in Human Rights Law from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. Simpson has over 17 years’ experience in human rights research, programming, policy and practice. He has worked as the UNESCO Human Rights Researcher at the HIV Education Unit at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine campus in Trinidad and Tobago, after serving as Human Rights Associate at the United Nations Development Programme’s Guyana country office. Simpson plays leading roles in the regional LGBTI and HIV movements in Latin America and the Caribbean. He currently sits on the steering committee of Caribbean Forum for Liberation of Genders and Sexualities (CariFLAGS), where he has served in various leadership roles since 2006.
- Terry-Ann Roy (Trinidad & Tobago) is a young human rights activist and student at the Hugh Wooding Law School. Her background is in Psychology and Criminology. She has worked with Life in Leggings TT, where she worked on the 16 Days of Violence against Women and Girls campaign, and the local leg of International Women’s Day activities. She is a member of the Alliance for Justice and Diversity's collaborative human rights project -- "A Sexual Culture of Justice" which is a EU-funded project spearheaded by the Institute for Gender and Development Studies, St. Augustine, involving six local LGBTI and feminist organizations. Terry Ann has worked specifically with the Police Working Group which was created to sensitize police officers on appropriate interaction with LGBTQIA+ persons. Terry Ann also sits on the board of the Family Planning association of Trinidad and Tobago which is the oldest NGO in T&T focusing on sexual and reproductive health rights. She has served as a PANCAP Youth leader since 2017. She helped draft a roadmap of strategies for sustaining youth advocacy, the promotion of gender equality, HIV prevention, action towards the end of gender-based violence, and ensuring access to quality sexual reproductive health services to meet the needs of adolescents and youth. Terry Ann participated in the 1st CARIFLAGS academy in 2017. The academy seeks to engage in capacity-building of activists and NGOs, and provide activists with access to decision-making spaces at national and regional levels. She used these skills to start her own Facebook live talk show entitled "***** Corner," as she notes that there is a need for honest and professional journalism surrounding the LGBT community and other marginalized groups in the Caribbean.
- Paige Galette (Haitian Diaspora), activist and feminist, Paige is passionately involved in political movements fighting for social justice; the labour movement, Women's movement, ***** movement and the Black liberation. Paige's essay From Cheechako to Sourdough: Reflections on Northern Living and Surviving, While Being Black is featured in the book Until We Are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada (Rodney Diverlus, Sandy Hudson, Syrus Marcus Ware).
- Ashleigh Rae-Thomas (Jamaican Diaspora) is an Afro-Caribbean writer, facilitator, and avid community organizer from Toronto, by way of Jamaican roots. After graduating from the University of Guelph-Humber's Media Studies and Communications, Ashleigh went on to be a participant in Bashy Magazines' first inaugural writer incubator and the CFC x Black Women Film! Canada Writers Program. Ashleigh Rae-Thomas has contributed to Huffington Post, Vice, and Byblacks.com, her words resonating amongst millennial readers as a voice of reason and clarity in often challenging times. She has spoken as a keynote on mental health alongside her literary work, most recently at Queens University with their Black Student Union. Her community work during the revolutionary and pivotal times in the Spring of 2020 has led to further amplification of her voice, work, and the safe space she continues to carve out for her community. Her honest and insightful takes on social justice, feminism, politics, and culture help continue to cultivate a community that celebrates Afro-Caribbean of all walks of life. You can contact her at email to collaborate on community works.
- Dawn De Coteau (Grenada) is a Barister and Attorney at Law - Called to Bars England & Wales, Grenada and St. Vincent & the Grenadines. She is the founder of EMA Solutions Legal Services and Management Consultancy. Dawn is in her final year of writing her Doctorate at University of Liverpool - Thesis entitled, 'Corruption in Caribbean Politics - Examining Cultural Tolerance'. She is a community activist and has been involved in many protest and campaigns over the years in UK, and more recently organised one of the protest outside the US Embassy (Grenada) in support and solidarity of the family of George Floyd et al. Dawn takes a firm view that the issues we are experiencing in the black community stems from 500 years to date through slavery, indenbtureship, emancipation and independence. The legacy of the shackles is key to understanding modern day racism. Her management consutancy expertise and knowledge stems from holding various senior positions within several large public sector organisations, coupled with over 25 years Directorship at EMA Solutions. For years her consultancy has specialised in Equality, Diversity & Discrimination in private and public sector organisations. Dawn's legal pratice specialises in several areas including Probate & Estates across jurisdictions where she advises on estate planning, an area where the black community are dispropotionately disadvantaged. She is a firm believer in giving back and sharing her learning and experiences, specifically to those disadvantaged in society. This is achieved through offering mentoring and coaching to our youths.
ROUNDTABLE SUPPORT PERSON
Lydia Collins (Barbadian Diaspora) Currently residing in Ottawa, Lydia Collins is an Author, Activist, and Sexual Health Educator from the Niagara Region. She is a graduate from Brock University and a co-founder of an on-campus activist group, Decolonize and Deconstruct (D&D), that focuses on providing consent education through a decolonial lens. She is the former Workshops Coordinator for Brock’s Student Justice Centre and has given various workshops on and off campus focusing on social justice issues prioritizing consent and sexual health, anti-black racism, and radical self-care. Lydia published her first chapbook of poetry titled Angry. Black. Woman. in January 2019, and will be releasing her second To Everyone We’ve Ever Been in September 2020. Lydia has facilitated workshops and spoken in conferences at Brock University, Ryerson University, University of ******, and more. Most recently, Lydia has entered her role as the African and Caribbean HIV Prevention Strategy Worker at Somerset West Community Health Centre. Lydia's passion and dedication to writing, sexual health education, and activism are what keeps her determined to continue amplifying marginalized voices.
Shanese Indoowaaboo Steele (Trinidadian & Kayak Diaspora) Born in Milton, Ontario and raised in Edoopikang, which is the Anishinaabemowin word for North York. Shanese Steele is a 27 year old, fat, *****, Mukaade Anishinaabe Kwe (Afro-Indigenous person) with ties to the Nbissing, Metis communities and Trinidad and Carriacou, Grenada and a member of the Crane Clan. For the last 10 years Shanese has been focusing her work on bridging the gap between the Black diasporic Indigenous community and Indigenous communities belonging to Turtle Island. Shanese has worked to fight for Indigenous and Black Indigenous issues in both education and access to resources. A published writer, Shanese along with other Indigenous youth from around the world. Shanese contributed short stories and poems around Black Indigenous identity in a book entitled ‘Global Indigenous Youth, Through Their Eyes’ published by Columbia University. Shanese has also been a guest speaker at schools across the country, internationally and has sat on various panels. Shanese also conducts anti-oppression training and equity hiring training for organizations as well as other equity based trainings. Shanese is currently working to build a Black and Indigenous solidarity program which will bring Black and Indigenous youth from across the country.