El Jones is a spoken word poet, an educator, journalist, and a community activist living in African Nova Scotia. She was the fifth Poet Laureate of Halifax. In 2016, El was a recipient of the Burnley “Rocky” Jones human rights award for her community work and work in prison justice. She is a co-founder of the Black Power Hour, a live radio show with incarcerated people on CKDU that creates space for people inside to share their creative work and discuss contemporary social and political issues.
El Jones will help us demystify key concepts such as inherent biases and systemic racism. She will shed light on the current context in Canadian society and share her thoughts on the continued denial of racism and what it means to be a strong ally to the black community.
Atong Ater is an Ottawa-based policy analyst, producer and writer who currently works with the Federal Black Employee Caucus (FBEC) to address issues of anti-Black racism within the federal public service. As a member of the FBEC Core Team, her work is focused on communications and strategic engagements including raising awareness of anti-Black racism through the anti-racism series with Canada School of Public Service. With over 10 years of experience working in the federal public service as a member of the EC group, Atong has held roles ranging from administering grants and contribution programs and leading the development of Memorandum to Cabinet and Treasury Board Submissions to providing strategic advice, recommendations and input on Reconciliation Agreements and international agreements. Atong holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Neuroscience and a Master of Journalism from Carleton University.
Atong will discuss the significant impacts racism has on mental health and wellbeing of individuals who experience it. She will showcase the important work FBEC does in the fight against racism in the federal public service, as well as highlight innovative race-focused initiatives in the workplace.
Michel joined CAPE as a Labour Relations Officer in 2019. Before that role, he acted as in-house counsel for a labour union and as an associate for an insurance defence law firm. When he's not settling grievances for CAPE members, Michel applies his alternative dispute resolution skills to settle grievances between his daughter Milia (5) and her brother Micaël with the help of his wife Julia.
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