On Sept. 26, 2020 the municipality painted the words "Black Lives Matter" on the following streets:
• Alderney Drive between Ochterloney and Queen streets
• Brunswick Street between Carmichael and Prince streets
The art installation is the municipality’s way of supporting the Black Lives Matter movement as directed by the CAO with the mayor’s endorsement. This public solidarity augments several measures being taken by the municipality corporately, to help address anti-Black racism and continue to build better relationship with the municipality’s communities of African descent.
Senator Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard during her July 2020 presentation at Council – Unpacking Anti-Black Racism in the HRM shared some difficult truths and they will not be ignored. One question she left us with was ‘what will you do?’
It’s clear there is much work to be done. Over the coming months, the municipality will adopt internal and externally-focused anti-Black racism strategies and actions. Staff will also deliver on key priorities set out in the Diversity & Inclusion Framework – designed to assist the entire organization in our continued efforts to build a diverse and inclusive workforce and provide programs and services to our residents by using a diversity and inclusion lens.
On September 22 Regional Council adopted the African Nova Scotian Road to Economic Prosperity Action Plan that was informed by members of our African Nova Scotian communities who worked many months together with staff to create this significant blue print for economic and social development with and for our African Nova Scotian resident and communities.
The municipality is committed to addressing anti-Black racism in our workplaces and communities and will continue to take steps to advance change.
For more information on the African Nova Scotian Affairs Integration Office, visit their webpage.