Road to Economic Prosperity Community Summit

This annual Summit is where we come together to showcase the strides we’re making along the Road to Economic Prosperity. The Road to Economic Prosperity Plan (REPP) is a comprehensive five-year strategy, developed and owned by African Nova Scotian communities, that is propelling economic development and prioritizing community needs.

Road to Economic Prosperity Community Summit 2023- Highlights

This year's summit theme, "Our Communities, Our Future, Our Prosperity," embodied our commitment to investing in the full potential of African Nova Scotian communities and fostering boundless possibilities for generations to come. Collaboration has always been the cornerstone of our achievements, and the summit offered a platform to further unite, exchange knowledge, and celebrate our collective successes.

Agenda at a Glance

  • Progress report on REP Pillars: Unity & Capacity Building;  Land Ownership & Infrastructure Development; Education, Employment & Entrepreneurship.

  • Community planning and progress updates

  • African Nova Scotian Economic Index updates

  • Remarks from REP Councils, staff team and partners

  • Lunch and refreshments will be served

For inquiries and more information, please contact Dena Williams,

Road to Economic Prosperity International Conference

Sept 23, 2023

The Summit was followed by the Road to Economic Prosperity International Conference. This one-day gathering delved deeper to discuss pan-African approaches to economic development and brought lessons from the work of the Road to Economic Prosperity in Nova Scotia to the international stage. 

This conference is one of the first to focus on community-building work in Black communities and spaces in Canada and the US, featuring keynote speakers. It included networking, international knowledge exchange, and collaboration opportunities. The attendees had the chance to connect with leaders, innovators, and advocates driving impactful community growth and economic development.

Panel Discussion Topics

  1. Progressive Practices in Community Economic Development - Lessons and Critical Impact

This panel discussed a pan-African approach to sustainable community growth and ways to build strong alliances across borders.

Panelists: Andrea Roberts, Hogan’s Alley Society, Kali Akuno, Itah Sadu

Moderator: Nene Kwasi Kafele

  1. Strategies in Sustainability: Planning, Food Sovereignty and Black-led Development

This panel explored the intersection of sustainability and community development, specifically focusing on Black communities. It addressed areas such as food security, planning for Black community development, creating Black business hub spaces and more. The panelists shared their experiences and insights on progressive practices and learned development lessons.

Panelists: Abigail Moriah, Veronica Marsman, Wendie Lee Wilson

Moderator: Nene Kwasi Kafele

Keynote remarks by: George Elliot Clarke

Hosted by: The Road to Economic Prosperity Youth Council

For questions and more information, please contact: KJ Conyers-Steede,

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