“This is a time people are afraid to talk about racism, afraid to talk about racial discrimination, afraid to utter the words systemic discrimination, but we should not be afraid of it. Because it is alive and well in 2016 in Nova Scotia.” A quick report on today’s anti-racism rally.
Eternal Life: Preserving the Memory of Beechville is a reflective look at how one African Nova-Scotian community is coping with urban sprawl encroaching on its borders. Following the war of 1812, a group of freed slaves settled in Beechville, Nova Scotia as refugees escaping the United States. Almost two centuries later, as urbanization threatens many of Canada’s rural communities, Beechville itself is being swallowed up.
A full seven years after a shopping while black complaint is filed by a 78-year old woman the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission settles while Hudson’s Bay Company doesn’t admit to any wrongdoing.
A recently launched interactive map shows the realities of environmental racism in Nova Scotia. It’s the work of the ENRICH project, the group around Ingrid Waldron that for years now has been hammering away at this very important issue.
Outright government-sanctioned racism is very much part of Black Canadian history. A recently published book talks about this godawful legacy. The Nova Scotia chapters make for a grim read.
A new ferry named after Viola Desmond would be a wonderful thing.
The community of Lucasville, founded by Black Refugees, is slowly being erased. A large and smelly equestrian farm is the latest nail in its coffin.