It Is time to end intergenerational trauma

Reclaiming Our Roots

Canada's First Afrocentric Truth & Reconciliation Jubilee

Join us for a time of radical transformation and collective racial healing.
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It Is time to end intergenerational trauma

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We are joining arms with African and Aboriginal Nova Scotians to SPEAK TRUTH about our collective experience, FORGIVE the atrocities, and RECONCILE with ourselves

Healing is the first step in building a healthy black ecosystem

Reclaiming Our Roots, held in conjunction with Canada’s National Truth and Reconciliation Day, brings together members of the Aboriginal and Afro-Descendant communities to celebrate our resilience and triumphs over oppressive colonial injuries. This event shines a light on the vibrant mosaic of Black and Indigenous consciousness and identity, with a strong Afrocentric perspective on understanding, addressing, and healing the historical, cultural, social, and economic challenges faced by these communities.

Imagine if We All Heal

Freedom
At this event we're disrupting trauma’s epigenetic effects to pave the way for healthier generations and allow our children to grow in peace.
Wholeness
Imagine a community where everyone, from the youngest to the eldest, is whole in body and mind.
Restoration
Individually and collectively, we will achieve peace and liberation from 400+ years of enslavement trauma.
Indigenous Sun Symbol

In the Inuit/northwestern native culture the sun is known to provide the Earth with healing energy and life. Also represents abundance and peace. Some old legends believe the raven stole the sun from an evil tribe and placed it in the sky. It later then set it free back to the Earth and has since given humans warmth, light and life.

Mpatapo: Adinkra Symbol

Mpatapo is a symbol of peace, specifically in the aftermath of conflict, as well as forgiveness and reconciliation. It serves as a reminder that peace can be achieved at any time, even in the face of significant adversity, and that forgiveness and understanding are essential to the achievement of long-lasting peace.

group of black people sitting on chairs in a circle discussing

Reclaiming Our Roots, held in conjunction with Canada’s National Truth and Reconciliation Day, brings together members of the Aboriginal and Afro-Descendant communities to celebrate our resilience and triumphs over oppressive colonial injuries. This event shines a light on the vibrant mosaic of Black and Indigenous consciousness and identity, with a strong Afrocentric perspective on understanding, addressing, and healing the historical, cultural, social, and economic challenges faced by these communities.

Imagine if We All Heal

Freedom
At this event we're disrupting trauma’s epigenetic effects to pave the way for healthier generations and allow our children to grow in peace.
Wholeness
Imagine a community where everyone, from the youngest to the eldest, is whole in body and mind.
Restoration
Individually and collectively, we will achieve peace and liberation from 400+ years of enslavement trauma.
Indigenous Sun Symbol

In the Inuit/northwestern native culture the sun is known to provide the Earth with healing energy and life. Also represents abundance and peace. Some old legends believe the raven stole the sun from an evil tribe and placed it in the sky. It later then set it free back to the Earth and has since given humans warmth, light and life.

group of black people sitting on chairs in a circle discussing things
Mpatapo: Adinkra Symbol

Mpatapo is a symbol of peace, specifically in the aftermath of conflict, as well as forgiveness and reconciliation. It serves as a reminder that peace can be achieved at any time, even in the face of significant adversity, and that forgiveness and understanding are essential to the achievement of long-lasting peace.

The Trauma

We recognize the enduring trauma inflicted upon the Black community by the legacy of enslavement and systemic racism. These deep-seated wounds manifest in relational strains, emotional burdens, and spiritual scars, hindering collective well-being and our ability to progress together. Despite decades of activism, the scars of racial injustice persist, leaving a legacy of pain and division.

Our Answer

Holistic Healing and Transformation:
Experience a transformative journey through engaging sessions, intimate healing circles, and insightful keynotes. This event offers a safe space to explore and heal from the deep-seated impacts of racism, fostering personal and community evolution.
Break the Cycle of Trauma:
Join us in disrupting the intergenerational trauma caused by the legacy of enslavement and systemic racism. Together, we can pave the way for healthier generations and ensure the scars of history no longer dictate our future.
Celebrate Resilience & Unity:
This event brings together members of the Black and Indigenous communities to celebrate our resilience and triumphs over oppressive colonial injuries. Embrace the opportunity to cultivate solidarity and build strong community bonds.
Empowerment & Renewal:
Reclaim your divine birthright to live a life filled with joy, purpose, and abundance. Through practical tools for healing and fostering dialogue, we empower you to contribute to a future where unity and harmony reign.

Guest Speakers

Prepare to be inspired by our phenomenal keynote speakers and stay tuned as we continue to announce more influential voices that will be joining us in healing and empowering our community.
Rustum Southwell
Rustum Southwell
Founding CEO at BBI, Entrepreneurial leader
Cynthia Dorrington - Strategic Planning Team
Cynthia Dorrington
President at Vale & Associates Human Resource Management
Dr
Dr. Macaulay Kalu
The African Union Sixth Region Canada
Andrew Blackwood
Dr. Andrew L. Blackwood
CEO at The Healing Communication Centre
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Abena
Rustum Southwell
Rustum Southwell
Founding CEO at BBI, Entrepreneurial leader
Cynthia Dorrington - Strategic Planning Team
Cynthia Dorrington
President at Vale & Associates Human Resource Management
Dr
Dr. Macaulay Kalu
The African Union Sixth Region Canada
Andrew Blackwood
Dr. Andrew L. Blackwood
CEO at The Healing Communication Centre
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Abena

Together, we break intergenerational trauma cycles, forging a path towards racial justice where every Black community member can thrive.

Imagine the profound transformation if we, as a Black community, embark on a journey of healing.

Unlocking Our Great Metamorphosis

Our keynote speakers, carefully chosen to represent diverse generations and experiences, embody the essence of healing aligned with the Becoming Method of Trauma Recovery.

Knowledgeable Keynotes

With their backgrounds as healers and advocates in the Black community, our keynote speakers will share insights on transformative practices like "Smashing the Mirror," as well as the integration of traditional psychotherapy and metaphysical science. Their speeches will inspire action and unity, guiding us toward a collective understanding of our journey and how to heal.

Healing Circles

In our healing circles, led by experienced practitioners trained in the Becoming Method, participants will find the nurturing support and genuine connection vital for true healing. These circles prioritize safe therapy, ensuring individuals can explore their trauma and practice mindfulness without fear.

Truth, Forgiveness, & Reconciliation

Join us for an intimate forgiveness session led by Trauma Recovery Specialist, Dr. Joan Samuels-Dennis. In this 2-hour session, we will forgive the colonizers, the enslavers, the onlookers, the ancestors who partnered with the enslavers, and ourselves.

Mindful Fitness

We prioritize physical well-being, exercising, eating healthily, and seeking medical care. Yet, we often neglect our mental health. Discover how to rectify this through Mindful Fitness training. This foundational element explores mental wellness, emphasizing holistic health in healing. 

Who We Are

The National Healing Journey (NHJ) is a coalition of community builders, thought leaders, researchers, and healers visioning a Nation of African Descent that excels in every domain of life and leads other nations in dismantling oppression for humanity. The NHJ is dedicated to promoting comprehensive healing, unity, and the well-being of Afro-descendant communities. We are utilizing a range of research-based approaches and working collaboratively with community organizations to develop sustainable community-driven programs and a healthy ecosystem for Afro-descendants to prosper and thrive.
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Dr. Joan Samuels-Dennis, Ph.D - Chair

Executive Team

Executive Team

Conference Schedule

Opening Ceremony

Evening: Opening Ceremony

Taste of Nova Scotia, Africa & The Caribbean

Dinner and Networking

African & Aboriginal Drumming & Dancing

Blessings & Prayers

Circle of Elders

Welcome of State Officials & Dignitaries

Healing Declaration

Abena Addo & Dr. Joan Samuels-Dennis

Knowing Truth as we Envision & Build a Healthy Black Ecosystem

Keynote by Rustum Southwell

The Past and the Future to Come - 3 Stories from 3 Nations

The Residential School Experience | The Africville Experience | The Sierra Leone Experience

Doing It First

Keynote: Cynthia Dorrington

Talk Back Session - Communal & Individual Reflection

Closing Tribute

Tika Simone

Speaking Truth as we Heal and Evolve Humanity

Morning: Opening

Ceremonial Welcome & Blessing

Circle of Elders

Tribute - Poem

Tika Simone

Life Changing Intentions

Dr. Joan

Setting the Stage of Deep & Lasting Change

Keynote: Tychon Carter-Newman

Communal & Individual Reflection

The Human Story and Where The African Stands in History

Keynote: Robert Leigh Pruitt II

Communal & Individual Reflection

Afternoon

The Power of Our Men & Boys

Keynote: Robert White

Communal & Individual Reflection

The Enslavement Experience & Intergenerational Trauma

Keynote: Thema Bryant

Communal Healing Circles

Led by a National Team of Healers & Therapist

Evening

Evening Artistic Performance

Tika Simone with Band

The Return & The Blessing of Our Children’s Children

Morning Reflections on the Forgiveness and its impact

Grounding & Meditation Session

Reconciliation With Who?

Keynote: Robert Leigh Pruitt II

Communal & Individual Reflection

Forget the Apology

Keynote: Dr. Andrew Blackwood [Coach Drew]

Communal & Individual Reflection

Mass Forgiveness of the Enslavement Experience

Dr. Joan 

Communal & Individual Reflection

Taste of Congo

Afternoon: Taste of Congo

The Diaspora’s Return to Global Citizenship

Dr. Macaulay Kalu, Lystra G Sam, Wayne Hamilton

Communal and Individual reflection

Remembering our Children’s Children’s Children

Keynote: Catherine Mckail

Communal and Individual reflection

Co-Created Reconciliation Ceremony

Led by Circle of Elders & Dr. Joan

A Who Come Now?

Closing Tribute by Dd’bi.young Anitafrika

Evening: Closing Ceremony

Pricing and Packages

All tickets priced for 2 days; full participation is encouraged, no single day tickets are available.
Youth Ticket (16-24)
Early Bird Ends July 31st
$
289
Full access to all sessions, workshops, and materials.
Community building opportunities with fellow participants and speakers.
Best Value
Group/Family
Early Bird Ends July 31st
$
360
x 10 or more
Save money when you buy 10 or more tickets with this group/family bundle, and receive all the same benefits!
Full access to all sessions, workshops, and materials.
Community building opportunities with fellow participants and speakers.
Adult Ticket (24+)
Early Bird Ends July 31st
$
397
Full access to all sessions, workshops, and materials.
Community building opportunities with fellow participants and speakers.

Nova Scotia stands as the perfect host for Canada's First Afrocentric Truth & Reconciliation Jubilee

As a historical hub deeply entwined with the African Nova Scotian experience, the province offers a profound backdrop for exploring truths and fostering reconciliation. Its legacy as a destination for Black loyalists and refugees fleeing slavery, coupled with the preservation of cultural traditions, provides a rich tapestry for amplifying the voices and experiences of Black Canadians. By involving local organizations, government, post-secondary institutions, community leaders, and residents, Nova Scotia ensures that this event becomes a platform for meaningful engagement and healing, not only within the African Nova Scotian community but also across the nation.

It's time for humanity to end its self-oppression.
It's time for People of African Descent to remember who we are. It's time for us to know the game we play, our position, and play our part with excellence.
It's time for True Peace.

It's time for humanity to end its self-oppression. It's time for People of African Descent to remember who we are. It's time for us to know the game we play, our position, and play our part with excellence. It's time for True Peace.

It is time.

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