Black History Month: Positive Representation

For Black History Month, join us for a panel discussion on Positive Representation.

The panel will emphasize the importance of recognizing the way Black Canadians contribute daily to our country. In a society where visible minorities are often represented in a negative way, it is crucial to highlight their successes and positive contributions in the labour market and Quebec society as a whole.

Accompanied by moderators Mamadou Ndiaye and Pascal Lauzon, panelists Marc-Édouard Joubert and Ericka Alneus will share their experiences and explain how they were able to achieve their goals and do great things for their society despite the discrimination they faced.

Please note that the meeting will be in French only. This event is open to the public.

When: Friday, February 18 at 6 p.m. ET

The panel will be held on Zoom. You can join using the following access information:

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Password: 576147

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Speakers bio

Éricka Alneus

Ericka has a certificate in philanthropic management from Université de Montréal and worked four years as a philanthropic development advisor for Pour 3 Points. 

She is passionate about social issues and interpersonal relationships and has since 2012 sat on the boards of various organizations focused on welcoming newcomers to Montreal, providing social intervention for young people from underprivileged areas, defending press freedom and promoting collaboration between Montreal’s elected officials and socio-economic stakeholders.

Ericka is currently City Councillor for the district of Étienne-Desmarteau in the Montreal borough of Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie and is responsible for culture and heritage on the City of Montreal’s executive committee.

Éricka Alneus

Marc-Édouard Joubert

Marc-Édouard is the eldest son of Haitian parents who immigrated to Montreal in 1966. From a young age, Marc-Édouard learned about differences and the difficulties that sometimes come with them. 

After patiently climbing the union ladder and sitting on local and regional executive committees, Brother Marc-Édouard was acclaimed President of the FTQ area council for Metropolitan Montreal in 2016 and 2019.

His extensive union experience has taught him that defending the interests of the majority should never come at the expense of more vulnerable or minority members. 

His areas of interest include theology, sociology and philosophy. He often thinks about interpersonal relationships and how power mechanisms perpetuate inequality. His activism is fuelled by his continued quest for equity and social justice.