This summer Premier McNeil took a stand against several recent racist incidents here in Nova Scotia. But racism is here each and every day, and it’s time for the province to take a closer look, writes Raymond Sheppard.
Long time trade union and anti-racism activist Dr. Lynn Jones is upset about the way she was treated by several staff members during a recent visit to the QEII emergency department in Halifax.
“I know racial prejudice persists in our time. I encounter racism often. Yet, it still shakes me. It catches me by surprise, particularly when it comes from spaces least expected.” María José Yax-Fraser describes such an encounter, and considers how colonial stereotypes continue to be invoked in the present.
“So what will happen if the mill just defies the Boat Harbour Act and keeps on operating, using Boat Harbour for its effluent?” Not a whole lot of anything, writes Betsy MacDonald. Which is why we urgently need honesty and clarity from Premier McNeil, she argues.
Over and over Black people tell of racism in Nova Scotia, and then there are the stats, but still the message isn’t getting through. Historian Jill Campbell-Miller on the origin of this reluctance to accept that racism is for real, and how a knowledge of history can counteract this disbelief.
Talks between the Town of Shelburne and a group advocating for clean water access for a Black community within town limits appear to have broken down completely. It’s a sad story. Here’s hoping there’s a way out of the impasse.
With Remembrance Day approaching, Raymond Sheppard wants us to reflect on the case of Lionel Desmond and all the soldiers who struggle with PTSD and racism without meaningful support from the Canadian Forces.
Delilah Saunders on becoming a mother and all the happiness and joy that implies. But as an Indigenous mother she also must face intergenerational trauma and an often justified fear of child welfare workers.
On Oct 24, Dalhousie and SMU are co-presenting this keynote lecture by Dr. Malinda Smith: Why Diversity, Decolonization and Intersectional Equity Matter in Canadian Universities
Street checks are banned in Nova Scotia, and Halifax Police is set to issue an apology. This is a good thing. But unfortunately you can’t ban racism, and Monday’s Board of Police Commissioners showed we have a long way to go.