Young adult novel causes a stir in Nova Scotia schools

Young adult novel causes a stir in Nova Scotia schools

The award-winning American young adult novel The Hate U Give, which was removed from the Nova Scotia school curriculum last September, is now back in the news. It appears the decision was made by the Department of Education before receiving any formal complaints, according to newly released documents. The book is about a Black high […]

Nova Scotia Liberals says province is undermining Office of Anti-Racism

Nova Scotia Liberals says province is undermining Office of Anti-Racism

                                                                                                                                     Nova Scotia Liberal MLAs questioned Premier Tim Houston on his on government’s recent decision to downgrade the Office of Equity and Anti-Racism from a standalone entity to be part of the Department of Justice. He suggested that the move would diminish the office’s work and effectiveness. Brendan Maguire, a Liberal member of the public […]

Black students in Nova Scotia to receive scholarship named for health advocate  

Black students in Nova Scotia to receive scholarship named for health advocate  

  A scholarship for Black students studying health professions has been established in the name of community and health advocate Phyllis Marsh-Jarvis, the first woman in Nova Scotia ordained by the African Orthodox Church. The Health Association of African Canadians (HAAC) will announce the two inaugural recipients of the scholarship at the Black Cultural Centre […]

Nova Scotia to rename place names containing derogatory word

Nova Scotia to rename place names containing derogatory word

New names for four Nova Scotia places in Shelburne County containing a derogatory word will have new names chosen in early 2022. A survey asking area residents to vote on new names will come to a close at the end of December. “The final selections will be tallied in the new year and will then […]

Nova Scotia Preston riding has all-Black slate of candidates

Nova Scotia Preston riding has all-Black slate of candidates

For the first time in more than 20 years, one of Nova Scotia’s oldest and largest Black communities will be represented by a Black MLA — regardless of which party wins. All three declared candidates in the Preston riding are Black. It’s believed to be the first time in the province’s history any riding has […]

New African Nova Scotian institute to address racism in justice system

New African Nova Scotian institute to address racism in justice system

  The new provincially funded African Nova Scotian Justice Institute was announced last Monday at the Black Cultural Centre in Cherry Brook, N.S. The institute will offer policing accountability, data collection, court support, legal defence and other programs. It is expected to begin operating within one year. The province is spending $4.8 million to help […]

N.S. rights board backs biracial woman

N.S. rights board backs biracial woman

N.S. rights board backs biracial woman by Rachel Brothers A Nova Scotia woman, fired from her job at the Black Educators Association for not being fully black because she is biracial, has won her case at the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. A decision by an independent human rights board of inquiry found that Rachel […]