Past Events & Initiatives

BLACK FUTURES: A Northern Caucus

February 26 – March 4th, 2023

BLACK FUTURES: A Northern Caucus was a visionary, educational, and forward-looking spin on celebrations of Blackness. During this week, and always, we will centre Black, queer, and diverse perspectives as we honour past accomplishments and future endeavours. 

Culture Matrix: Black Arts Festival

August 13th, 2022

Black Lives Matter – Sudbury hosted Culture Matrix: Black Arts Festival in Downtown Sudbury. This community-based event was held in collaboration with Up Here: Urban Arts Festival.

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Amplifying Voices on Turtle Island: 

An Intersectional Caucus 2022

February 26 and 27, 2022

Black Lives Matter – Sudbury hosted Amplifying Voices on Turtle Island (AVTI), our second annual Intersectional Caucus on Saturday, February 26 and Sunday, February 27, 2022. This free online conference once again centers and uplifts the voices of Black, Indigenous and people of colour (BIPOC) and 2SLGBTQ+ activists, leaders, educators, and changemakers from across Turtle Island.

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Up Here 7: DRPN Soul

August 2021

Kalkidan Assefa, aka “DRPN Soul,” is an Ethiopian-born multidisciplinary visual artist and artist-educator, based in the unceded Algonquin Anishnaabeg territory known as Ottawa. His work is focused on large-scale murals, collaborative community-based public art projects, mixed-media canvases, and illustration. His subject matter centers around Diasporic experiences, Black representation, visibility, cultural memory, and ancestral knowledge.

BLMS 1 Year Anniversary: Reflect & Rally

July 9th, 2021

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since we started organizing. On Friday, July 9, 2021, we will regroup again to rally, remember, and reflect on all the work we’ve done to push forward anti-racism in our city and to nurture a community commitment to ending violence against Black lives everywhere.

We have been defiant in the face of ongoing silence from community leaders with regards to racism in our city and we will continue to demand accountability and action from our community to engage in meaningful anti-racist action. 

Following the rally, there will be performances by BIPOC artists, food vendors, and more. COVID guidelines will be enforced so please bring a mask to participate and be aware of social distancing.

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BLM Sudbury Reads!

Various dates in the summer of 2021

During the summer of 2021, we launched Black Lives Matter Sudbury Reads, a literary series geared to increase awareness of Black Canadian authors in all genres.

We introduced you to new and seasoned Black Canadian authors, as well as, local BIPOC writers with stories that we know are not often heard within mainstream society. We wanted to showcase how important literacy is to the development of our community, and amplify how essential arts and creativity are to our well-being.

We hope that you will discover new works and be inspired to diversify your bookshelves.

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BLMS (Actually) Breaking Barriers

March 21, 2021

In place of the GSPS attempt to commemorate a day of mourning by the BIPOC community for violence at the hands of the police, Black Lives Matter Sudbury invited participants to attend a virtual celebration of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 2021.

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Here to Stay, Baby!

February 27 and 28, 2021

A Northern Intersectional Caucus Online Conference. This free online conference was designed to uplift the voices of marginalized individuals across Northern Ontario while educating diverse audiences. With a total of eight panel discussions, followed by engaging Q&A’s — you do not want to miss out on this unique opportunity. 

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Defund GSPS Zap Action

February 23, 2021

Black Lives Matter – Sudbury organized virtually for a last-minute Phone/Email Zap before the Financial Committee finalizes the 2021 City budget. 

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Virtual Museum of Black History

February 15, 2021

An interactive and educational online space curated by Black Lives Matter – Sudbury was launched digitally in honour of Black History Month 2021.

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December 13, 2020

amplify is a short documentary featuring three black women and Sudbury residents who share their lived experiences and thoughts in relation to the current political climate, racial inequality, and social justice. In collaboration with Isak Vail, Up Here, and Black Lives Matter Sudbury.

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Open Mic Night

November 6, 2020

In collaboration with Wordstock Sudbury Literary Festival and Sudbury Indie Cinema.

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March for Local Change

October 18, 2020

Our municipal government has clearly demonstrated its lack of knowledge, disregard, and ignorance on the subject matter at hand. For this very reason, we asked for Sudburians to demonstrate their support in creating a community that is more inclusive and representative of its Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour residents.

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BIPOC Lives Matter: Les vies NAPDC comptent

September 27, 2020

Ground mural painted on Elgin Street in collaboration with/sponsored by Up Here, Fierté Sudbury Pride, Place des arts, Regroupement des organismes culturels de Sudbury, and the Laughing Buddha/Townhouse Tavern. This message features the colours of the Indigenous Medicine Wheel, the Pride Flag, the Trans Flag, the Pan African Flag, and the official BLM colours. 

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Black Lives Matter and City Council

September 22, 2020

Board members of Black Lives Matter – Sudbury take on City Council followed by a panel discussion at the Sudbury Theatre Centre. 

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‘Ethereal’ Photo Installation

August 24, 2020

Photo installation and zine centered around black beauty in collaboration with Up Here 6 and Kuppajo Espresso Bar.

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Double Feature Fundraiser

August 22, 2020

Double feature films followed by a panel discussion with Black Lives Matter members. In collaboration with Sudbury Indie Cinema. 

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Black Arts Matter Virtual Panel

August 16, 2020

Virtual panel in collaboration with Up Here 6. Join us for a discussion about the past & present experiences of Black people in the arts.

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Sunday Sit-in and March

July 26, 2020

Sit-in and march to commemorate the anniversary of the Shelburne Race Riot, followed by a chalk activity at Tom Davies Square.  

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Flash Sit-in and Luncheon

July 2, 2020

Sit-in and luncheon at Tom Davies Square.  

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Juneteenth Rally

June 19, 2020

Rally at Bell Park for racial injustice. 

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