THE WORTLEY REPORT
DISCRIMINATION WITHIN HRM
THE CORNWALLIS REPORT
RACISM IN OUR SCHOOLS
BOUNDARY + TITLE DISPUTES
APOLOGIES + ACKNOWLEDGEMENT ARE NOT ENOUGH.
FEB2010: Halifax Mayor apologizes to the citizens of Africville
APR2010: Province posthumously apologizes to and pardons Viola Desmond
OCT2014: Province apologizes to former residents of the NSHCC
MAY2018: Halifax CAO apologizes to Halifax Transit employee for long endured racial discrimination
NOV2019: Halifax Police Department apologizes for street checks and "historic mistreatment"
OCT2020: Nova Scotia Premier apologizes for systemic racism in justice system
We know that racism exists within this Municipality.
We have acknowledged it. We have apologized for it. We have said that more needs to be done... But what have we actually done? And why is it that after all this time we continuously fail to involve ANS Communities in the discussion of their prosperity?
JULY2020 - Halifax acknowledged 2015-2014 as the International Decade for People of African Descent, and agreed to follow the Decade's 3 Pillars. Although aimed at the ANS community, the pillars and attitudes behind them should be expanded to all the cultural minorities that exist within this municipality. Black, Indigenous, Acadian, or otherwise.
The Three Pillars of the Decade are:
DEVELOPMENT: commit to the overall well-being and prosperity of the community.
JUSTICE: learn from past mistakes to advance social justice policies, eradicate racism, and promote human rights.
RECOGNITION: recognize, celebrate and affirm the full history and contributions of people of African descent.
In so doing, we make their history a shared history, and ANS issues, our own collective issues that cannot be ignored.
UNAWARENESS IS UNACCEPTABLE
The first time I learned of Africville, I had been living in NS less than a year. It wasn't a local who told me.
INDEPENDENT INQUIRY OF MUNICIPALITY
There have been numerous cases of discrimination found within this municipality.
Former councillors have called for a review
AVOID WHITE HEROISM
"White heroism" refers to a white person who provides "help" to non-white people in a self-serving manner. Its very common for BIPOC community members in Halifax to pitch ideas and for white people to run with the ideas instead of lending their support or giving their resources to the BIPOC so they can do that thing.
It's also quite common for Nova Scotian and Haligonian BIPOC communities to be left out of conversations that are supposed to be taking place for their benefit.
MIKE SAVAGE 2016 -
"Clearly we have to listen and we have to know whats on ANS minds, because they probably know a lot better than we do."
A classic, and very recent example of this can be found in the #BLACKLIVESMATTER art that was painted last week.
An African Nova Scotian community activist who had been planning to bring a Black Lives Matter mural to the Halifax Regional Municipality says that the city took on the project without her input, despite bringing the idea forward to city councillors in the first place earlier this year. She wanted to prioritize Black and Indigenous artists to work on the piece, and pitched something bright and colourful. Her organization planned to paint on September 28, but due to warnings from the municipality they postponed.
Mayor Mike Savage said the murals were an initiative of staff and the CAO in consultation with the diversity and inclusion office and transportation and public works. Savage said he hadn’t heard about the proposed mural until after the City's mural paint had already dried.
I don't think it would've taken much effort for the Mayor, the CAO, or the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, to find out whether this idea had been pitched to City Council before, and I don't believe there was adequate consultation.
The City's mural lacks imagination, warmth, and sincerity, and we paid $10,000 for it.
Paris Ailiyah fundraised for months and was going to complete the project for $2000.