Canadian Black Policy Network
A network for opportunities to collectively develop innovative and sustainable solutions for policy issues affecting Canada’s Black communities.
The Canadian Black Policy Network (CBPN) — formerly known as the Toronto Black Policy Conference —is a policy-driven forum which seeks to provide unique opportunities to collaborate, innovate and find sustainable solutions for policy issues affecting Canada’s Black communities.
The network's main goals are to create a safe space for Black community members and allies to explore policy issues affecting Canada's Black communities; encourage Black community engagement within the policy process both in a leadership and adequately-consulted capacity; and to encourage and promote solidarity and unity within Black communities through open dialogue and collaboration.
CBPN is founded and spearheaded by Sharnelle Morgan, Anna-Kay Russell, and Eunice Kays Yeboah—three Master of Public Policy graduates from the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. Together, the three founders of the Canadian Black Policy Network co-founded the biennial Toronto Black Policy Conference, which was inspired by the Harvard Kennedy School's annual Black Policy Conference.
CBPN's 2019-2020 Report is now available for download
Looking Back and Moving Forward
The purpose of this report is to look back on the 2019 Toronto Black Policy Conference and examine how that conference has inspired where we are going in the future. We will also discuss what has happened in our community and most importantly, what we can do about it in the policy sphere. And finally, this report is intended to welcome you to our growing family.
The inaugural 2019 Toronto Black Policy Conference (TBPC) —inspired by Harvard Kennedy School's annual Black Policy Conference — kicked off with the theme of Black Inclusion and Innovation.
Applying an anti-Black racism lens, this conference theme seeks to explore what innovation means for Toronto’s Black communities now and in the future. Is the increasing use of technology, the city’s popularity and rising income inequalities a step-forward or a step back for Black-identifying Torontonians? Does this innovation transition present us with an opportunity or an obstacle?
TBPC seeks to gather the city’s community leaders, youth, academics and professionals to explore these and other questions with the hope of ensuring Toronto’s Black communities are included and remain involved in the city’s innovative transition.