In the fall of 2019, the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) asked for the development of an Anti-Black Racism Working Group, supported by the African Nova Scotian Affairs Integration Office (ANSAIO), to identify recommendations to help create a safer and more inclusive workplace.
In early 2020, the Working Group provided its recommendation report to the CAO. The CAO then engaged with the Working Group to review its recommendations and determine the path forward. The first step was to acknowledge that the municipality has a long way to go to ensure our efforts to address anti-Black racism are rooted in the needs of our African Nova Scotian community.
In mid-2020, as the global health pandemic intersected with the Black Lives Matter movement, Regional Council asked for the development of an anti-Black racism action plan in support of the Proclamation of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent 2015-2024.
Anti-Black Racism Strategy and Action Plan
As part of the mandate to develop this action plan, new measures will be required to acknowledge and address anti-Black racism related issues with respect to municipal government service delivery.
To achieve this, in 2020 an Anti-Black Racism Steering Committee was formed to develop and implement an action plan. In June 2021, Regional Council approved the Anti-Black Racism Framework, which will guide the development of an Anti-Black Racism Strategy and Action Plan.
Further to the approved Anti-Black Racism Framework, a phased approach is being undertaken in the development of an Anti-Black Racism Strategy and Action Plan. Central to this is effort is collaboration with internal and external stakeholders to receive input, suggestions, and recommendations into the process involved in the development of an ABR Strategy and Action plan.
The municipality is targeting early fall 2021 to initiate public engagement efforts – with the goal of completing this initiative by early 2022.
Details about ways in which residents can get engaged and contribute to the process will be shared in September. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.