Nova Scotia definitely has made progress in terms of teaching students about Indian Residential Schools, treaties, and the contributions made by First Nations, Inuit and Métis to Canada. But there is much more work to do, and a petition with 1700 signatures delivered at Province House yesterday serves as a reminder. Teaching the teachers would be a good start, says KAIROS Atlantic.
This weekend’s documentary, Martha Stiegman’s In defense of our treaties, looks at the fishers of Bear River First Nation, in Annapolis County, who proudly held on to their treaty rights and insisted on fishing the waters of the Bay of Fundy on their own terms, not on terms imposed by the Department of Fisheries.
Sometimes no news is good news, but that is not the case with the Town of Amherst’s inability to call a meeting to deal with councillor and mayoral hopeful George Baker’s racist slur.
George Baker, the Amherst councillor who uttered a racist slur, was in serious trouble before. That time the town weathered the storm, and doing so may well be the towns current strategy as well. That would be a bad idea, says the Amherst resident who lodged the original complaint.
Amherst can’t manage to censure a racist councillor in its midst, who meanwhile congtinues his run for mayor. Yesterday a police board meeting scheduled to discuss a reprimand was cancelled due to lack of quorum.
Dr. Julius Garvey, son of famous Jamaican pan-Africanist thinker and politician Marcus Garvey, spoke in Halifax late last week. Reporter Art Bouman checked it out and came back with this report.
This weekend’s weekend video is Seeking Netukulimk, by Martha Stiegman. Learn about Mi’kmaq treaties and stewardship of the land in this lyrical documentary by a master documentary maker.
The N-word is NOT JUST ANOTHER WORD. It is our history of segregation and slavery embodied. It is my grandmother not being able to eat at the table with everyone else, it’s the family friend being stopped by the police four times as he was walking home. An Amherst resident on the George Baker saga and what it tells us about racism in Nova Scotia.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission called for increased classroom education on treaties, residential schools and past and present indigenous contributions. We take a look at the Nova Scotia response.
“Sobeys regrets that this matter has taken so long to come to a conclusion.” That’s the best Sobeys can come up with in terms of apology in a recent racial profiling case. By skillfully exploiting flaws in Human Rights legislation Sobeys almost got away with racism. Good thing Ms. Andrella David and the residents of Upper Hammonds Plains had other ideas.