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Session 3A: Panel discussion: Sustainable Initiatives for the Future of Quebec’s Black English-Speaking Communities

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3:20 PM, Wednesday 3 Nov 2021 (50 minutes)
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Panel discussionEducation and Black English-speaking communities in Quebec

Sustainable initiatives for the future of Quebec’s Black English-speaking communities – The Concordia Library Black community Archives: recording the Black community experience for research and evidence-based initiatives


Alix Adrien, president, Quebec Board of Black Educators (QBBE)

Clarence Bayne, Professor emeritus, Concordia University

Désirée Rochat, Observatory of the Sommet pour le développement socio-économiques des jeunes des communautés noires

The Black community of Montreal has collected, over the years, a considerable amount of documents, photos and records. Encouraged by initiatives within the Black community, many of these documents, private and institutional, have been donated as fonds to Concordia’s Vanier Library archives. Our panelists, Dr. Clarence Bayne and Désirée Rochat, will make the case that archives as instruments for the storage and creation of knowledge had to become more inclusive and race based.

Dr. Bayne, who promoted the Black community archive at the Concordia library, will present the complex adaptive system as a theoretical framework for knowledge management and make proposals to link this information hub to key agencies in the Black community for their development.    

Désirée Rochat, researcher-in-residence, will present archives as an integrative approach where knowledge preservation-transmission-production are part of a cyclical process of information management.  She will also introduce the newly formed Observatory as a research space to propose concrete solutions and eliminate social inequalities.


Speakers' bios:

Alix Adrien is a career educator and an in-school administrator.  He was recognized with a distinguished service award from the Association of Administrators of English Schools of Québec. He is the president of the Québec Board of Black Educators (QBBE); an organization he joined in 1985.  He is committed to the advancement of Black youth through education, thereby contributing to the vitality of a diverse and inclusive Québec society.

Clarence Bayne, a retired professor emeritus of Concordia, obtained a PhD from McGill University in Economics and Econometrics. He has been a leader in the Black Community of Montreal and has received many awards for his scholarship and community leadership. He has written and lectured extensively on community economic and cultural development. He is the editor in chief of the International Journal of the Community Economic Development and Management Sciences.

Désirée Rochat is a community educator and transdisciplinary scholar. She holds a PhD in Educational studies from McGill University and is the program director of the Observatoire des communautés noires du Québec. She is also the current researcher-in-residence at the Concordia University Library.


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