February 1st signals the beginning of African Heritage Month, which will be celebrated across the municipality. This month-long celebration will bring with it numerous events. Below is a list of events taking place within the municipality:
January 24, 2017
African Heritage Month Provincial Launch
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Red Chamber, Province House, 1726 Hollis St., Halifax, NS
Organized by African Nova Scotian Affairs
Open to the public, no cost
January 26, 2017
Opening Night - African Heritage Month 2017 (Halifax)
Halifax North Memorial Library, 2285 Gottingen St, Halifax, NS
Organized by Halifax Public Libraries, Black History Month Association, ANSAIO
Open to the public, no cost
February 7, 2017
African People in Halifax: Embracing Our Diversity
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Room 307, Dalhousie Student Union Building, 6136 University Ave, Halifax, NS
Organised by Dalhousie Black Student Advising Centre
Open to the public, no cost
February 11, 2017
Black History Month Dinner & Dance (Halifax)
6 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Rosary Hall, Mount Saint Vincent University, 166 Bedford Hwy, Halifax, NS
Organised by Africa Festival of Arts and Culture Society
February 16, 2017
* Please note due to the weather forecast this event has been CANCELLED*
Panel discussion "Passing the Torch: Viola Desmond as a Symbol of African Nova Scotian Women's Leadership"
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Halifax Hall, City Hall - 1841 Argyle Street
The African Nova Scotian Affairs Integration Office (ANSAIO) is pleased to be hosting an inspiring panel discussion as we celebrate African Heritage Month.
- Dr. Susan Brigham - Mount Saint Vincent University
- Sylvia Parris - Executive Director - Delmore "Buddy" Daye Learning Institute
- Rosella Fraser - (Manager of Operations - North Preston Community Centre
- Guyleigh Johnson (Poet, Student Support Worker, HRSB)
- Dr. Barb Hamilton Hinch ( Faculty - Health & Human Performance, Dalhousie University)
RSVP before February 15th.
Open to the public, no cost.
February 16, 2017
Celebration & Tribute to Community Youth (Halifax)
6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
George Dixon Centre, 2502 Brunswick St., Halifax, NS
Organised by Halifax Community Investment Fund
February 16, 2017
Lift Every Voice 2 - A Musical Showcase (Halifax)
Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, NS
Organised by Halifax Public Libraries
February 18, 2017
Rhythms of Life
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Cost included with museum admission
February 23, 2017
Racism and Government: The Conspiracy to Destroy The African Nova Scotian Educational Infrastructure (Halifax)
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Halifax North Branch Library, 2285 Gottingen St, Halifax, NS
Organised by A.L.I
February 26, 2017
African Heritage Senior Saints Service (East Preston)
East Preston United Baptist Church, 206 Upper Partridge River Dr, East Preston, NS
Organised by East Preston Church
Open to the public, no cost
February 26, 2017
Annual African Heritage Month Worship Service
Cornwallis Street Baptist Church, 5457 Cornwallis Street, Halifax, NS
Organised by Cornwallis Street Baptist Church
Open to the public, no cost
More information about these events taking place within the municipality and throughout the province.
Reaching out from an Afrocentric Place Workshop | August 9, September 30, October 28, 2016
ANSAIO facilitated a training workshop for municipal employees called Reaching Out from an Afrocentric Place: Community Engagement for Communities of African Descent. Durign this workshop, ANSAIO offered participants tools and resources to better equip them and enhance their on-going work with African Nova Scotian communities within the municipality. ANSAIO will continue to host these workshops for municipal staff.
The Nia Project | September 1, 2016
ANSAIO, in partnership with the Municipal Clerk’s office, hosted a youth workshop and mock council as part of the first phase of The Nia Project. The purpose of this project is to encourage African Nova Scotian youth to become more active and engaged citizens in their community and municipal government and thereby address underrepresentation of people of African descent in leadership roles within our municipality. Through The Nia Project, ANSAIO offers African Nova Scotian youth an experiential learning opportunity to consider Regional Council offices as possibilities in their future aspirations. The day was a success and ANSAIO is focused on building on this success to engage more African Nova Scotian youth in the project’s second phase.
Decade for People of African Descent meetings | July 16, September 17, and October 22, 2016
ANSAIO, in partnership with African Nova Scotian Affairs (ANSA) and the municipal Public Safety Advisor, facilitated three meetings with members of the North Preston, East Preston and Cherry Brook communities. The aim of these meetings was to align areas of concern affecting each community with the three pillars of the United Nations’ Decade for People of African Descent (DPAD) from 2015-2024:Justice, Recognition and Development. The group continues to work together to capture a collective vision for their communities and create a framework to plan for fruitful African Nova Scotian communities within the timeframe of this decade.
Land Titles/Taxation Community Education Sessions | August 16, 18 , 23, 2016
ANSAIO played a supporting role to Tiffarah McLean and Angela Simmonds, both Law students/summer students employed with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), as they facilitated three Community Education Sessions in North Preston, East Preston and Cherry Brook. Members of these communities as well as municipal staff in Finance and Planning and Development were in attendance at these meetings which focused on informing residents on issues concerning land titles clarification, taxation, land subdivision and wills. Municipal and provincial staff provided answers to questions of community members as well as offered support and resources to assist with issues pertaining to acquiring title deeds to land, subdividing properties, and taxation.
Africville Festival | July 23, 2016
The ANSAIO team participated in the Community Resource Fair held during the Saturday of the annual Africville Festival at Africville Park. This Community Resource Fair provided an opportunity for organizations to share information about services to those attending the Africville celebrations. ANSAIO set up a resource table and shared information with community members on the office’s past, on-going and future projects and initiatives. Also participating in the Resource Fair was staff from Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency.
The Viola Desmond Ferry Launch | July 7, 2016
On July 7th, the much anticipated official launch of the Viola Desmond Ferry took place at the Halifax Waterfront in Nathan Green Square before an excited crowd of community members and municipal employees including Transit and ANSAIO office staff and Regional Council members. Beloved sister, courageous social justice activist and a pioneering entrepreneur, Viola Desmond deservedly won the public's vote which decided in whose honour the latest Transit ferry would be named. This was an historic day for the African Nova Scotian community and the province as whole.
Community Circles on Municipal and School Board Elections | June 20, July 20, 21, 2016
ANSAIO, together with the Municipal Clerk’s office, hosted the first ever Community Circle on Municipal and School Board Elections. During these meetings, information was shared with community members on municipal government structure, how to volunteer on boards or committees, eligibility to run for Council, the role of Council members and school board representatives, and eligibility to work the elections and to voting options. ANSAIO staff also consulted with community members on barriers they face to participating in the municipal electoral processes and how these barriers could be addressed. These meetings took place in Upper Hammonds Plains (Emmanuel Baptist Church), North End, Halifax (North Branch Memorial Library), and Cherry Brook (The Bauld Centre).
Hope Blooms New Product Launch | June 23, 2016
The ever-growing and inspiring North End youth initiative, Hope Blooms, opened yet another exciting chapter in their story. They launched their new line of salad dressings at a charming event held at the Young Street Superstore. Tendai Handahu attended this event to show ANSAIO’s support to Hope Blooms. We congratulate the Hope Blooms team on its continued success and positive contributions to our municipality!
Diversity and Inclusion Office Launch | June 22, 2016
Halifax Regional Municipality created the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in 2015 and on June 22, 2016 the municipality officially launched this Office during a time of celebration. During this event, the municipality reaffirmed its support for continued dialogue, engagement and work on issues related to diversity and inclusion across the organization and throughout our communities. The new Diversity and Inclusion emblem was also unveiled during the launch and our Diversity and Inclusion pin depicting the emblem was presented to Mayor Mike Savage, Diversity and Inclusion Office Manager Tracey Jones-Grant, and all members of Regional Council to signify the municipality’s renewed commitment. Numerous community organizations and representatives from diverse communities were in attendance at this auspicious occasion.
African Nova Scotian & Visible Minority Women’s Network | June 17, 2016
The African Nova Scotian & Visible Minority Women’s Network of the municipality celebrated their second year anniversary by hosting a Portfolio Express Workshop for its members, led by Rebekah Skeete of the YMCA Employment Centre of Dartmouth. ANSAIO works with members of this Network to provide African Nova Scotian and visible minority women across all employment levels of the municipality the opportunity to enhance and develop their skills and talents.
Mobile Food Market Launch | May 14, 2016
Chanae Parsons, ANSAIO Policy Intern, was in attendance at the Mobile Food Market Launch held in East Preston. The Mobile Food Market is an innovative way to bring fresh and affordable vegetables and fruit to neighborhoods that have limited access to healthy food. The concept of the Mobile Market has the potential to increase healthy food consumption in such communities. The project is a collaboration between Partners for Care, Public Health (Nova Scotia Health Authority, Central Zone), Halifax Regional Municipality, and the Ecology Action Centre, with Atlantic Superstore and Elmridge Farms as the suppliers. Now in its pilot phase, the Mobile Market visits two African Nova Scotian communities including North Preston and East Preston. Please visit www.mobilefoodmarket.ca
Lunch and Learn Series: Community Matters: Building healthy relationships through engagement | May 4, 2016
Hosted by Késa Munroe-Anderson, ANSAIO. Public agencies often ask African Nova Scotian communities for input—through surveys, consultations, and other methods that often end up being “one-way” communications. Késa will outline how she is working toward a healthier engagement model that honours the strength and wisdom in our communities while supporting their needs as well.
Global Tours | Wednesday April 27, May 4, & May 11, 2016
Global Tours is a yearly youth initiative developed by the Southeastern Community Health Board and community partners including: the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Halifax, Halifax RCMP, Halifax Regional Municipality, Halifax Public Libraries and the Nova Scotia Health Authority. The goal is to challenge and reduce the stereotypes often associated with the participating communities. Chanae Parsons, Policy Intern with ANSAIO assisted in planning the 2016 initiative to connect families and youth across our communities, and for youth to gain better awareness of community cultures.
Community Circles on Employment
Community Circles create opportunities for shared learning and mutual dialogue and have the capacity to strengthen communities and cultivate culture.
Part of ANSAIO’s corporate social responsibility is to foster collaboration with the communities we serve. The first series of Community Circles is aimed at engaging community members and providing support through information sharing on employment. If you would like ANSAIO to host a session in your community, we welcome you to contact us at email@example.com
Evening of Tribute to African Nova Scotian Military History | March 8, 2016
Késa Munroe-Anderson, ANSAIO, with Cecily Sparks of Cherry Brook – one of the African Nova Scotian women honoured for their military contributions. This event included a special screening of Anthony Sherwood’s award-winning docudrama Honour Before Glory, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the No. 2 Construction Battalion. Additionally, in honour of International Women’s Day, Halifax actor/producer/director Juanita Peters shared stories of African Nova Scotian women in the military. This event was organized by ANSAIO.
Building this City: Heralding the African Nova Scotian Legacy of Commitment in Halifax | February 25, 2016
Following Mayor Savage’s announcement that the municipality's newest ferry would be named after Viola Desmond, His Worship, Kesa Munroe-Anderson and Dave Reage (Director of Transit) unveil a photo of the new ferry. This announcement kicked off ANSAIO’s “Building this City” event at the Black Cultural Centre during which community members recognized the contributions African Nova Scotians have made to the development of our municipality.
Role models on the road! Business is Jammin' | February 19, 2016
Kesa Munroe-Anderson, ANSAIO, joins Lisa Coates, Vivian Dixon, Wayn Hamilton, and Marissa Walter in a panel discussion on career paths at Ridgecliff Middle School in Beechville during African Heritage Month.
Evenings at Government House Presentation by Sunday Miller | February 9, 2016
Sunday Miller, Executive Director of the Africville Heritage Trust presented a lecture entitled "A Reflection on the Interconnectedness of Africville, the No. 2 Construction Battalion and the UN Declaration for People of African Descent" at Government House. In attendance were members from the Africville Genealogy Society, African Nova Scotian community and from the municipality.
No. 2 Construction Battalion Unveiling | February 2, 2016 Kesa Munroe-Anderson and Sunday Miller, Executive Director of the Africville Heritage Trust, at the Canada Post Launch of the stamp honouring the No. 2 Construction Battalion at the Black Cultural Centre.
African Heritage Month Municipal Launch | January 27, 2016
Kesa Munroe-Anderson, Chanae Parsons (Policy Intern – ANSAIO) and Tracey Jones-Grant (Manager – Office of Diversity & Inclusion – municipality) after African Heritage Month Municipal Lunch at the North Branch Memorial Library.
ANSAIO Youth Leadership Forum | October 20, 2015
Theme: YOUth Leading the Change
ANSAIO partnered with HRSB, Halifax Public Libraries, Schools Plus and the YMCA Employment Centre of Halifax to host over 60 African Nova Scotian high school and junior high school students at a Youth Leadership Forum. This action packed event held at Central Library included guest speaker Pastor Matthew Thomas, singer RealEyez, spoken word artist Verena Rizg and workshops.
Women of Influence Day | Friday June 5, 2015
The African Canadian Women in the Public Service (ACWPS) Network invited the municipality's African Nova Scotian & Visible Minority Women’s Network to their inaugural Women of Influence Day. Keynote speaker for the event was Kimberly Bryant, founder and CEO of Black Girls Code. Ms. Bryant provided an inspirational message and engaged in a dialogue / question and answer segment both centred on transforming dreams into a reality and turning challenges into opportunities.
African Nova Scotian student project | April 13 & 16, 2015
Halifax Regional Sschool Board African Nova Scotian high school students gained hands-on experience working in municipal operations greenhouses on Sackville Street, Halifax and Caledonia Road, Dartmouth. Students were able to explore their related interests and may apply for future summer positions.