Monday, 22 April 2019

“Why did someone steal this portrait from a rural Nova Scotia church?” asks a CBC headline. It’s a story about James Moody, a Loyalist who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1876 and settled near Digby. There’s more to the story however, but you won’t find it in the CBC article.

PSA: “Tomorrow (Thursday Feb. 21), Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is coming to Halifax to apologize for anti-black remarks made on Parliament Hill. 400+ years of entrenched and systemic anti-black racism, 4 years in power, and just now we’re getting a visit behind closed doors? Anti-black racism cuts deep. Any apology without payment and full restitution is shallow.”

Nova Scotia Senator Wanda Bernard wants Canada to designate August 1 as Emancipation Day, to remember the formal abolition of slavery in the British colonies, to recognize the magnitude and immense evil of slavery but also the resilience of enslaved Africans, and to reflect on the enduring impact of slavery. On October 23 of last year, at Second Reading of her Bill S-255 Bernard explained why she feels so strongly about this. It’s a very good read.

A book about slavery in Nova Scotia, North to Bondage: Loyalist slavery in the Maritimes, by professor Harvey Amani Whitfield, shows how ownership of enslaved Blacks was widespread in the Maritime provinces, and a major contributor to its economic viability. In a way it’s an invitation for white Nova Scotians to start a serious conversation about reparations.