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NSNDP Marks International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 21, 2016


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For Immediate Release

March 21, 2016

NSNDP Marks International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

On this International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the Nova Scotia NDP acknowledges the ongoing struggle for racial justice in Nova Scotia and renews our commitment to building a more just and equitable province.  Over the years, Nova Scotia has made some gains in addressing racism, but families, individuals, and communities across the province still experience this pervasive form of oppression.

Mi’kmaq children represent 21.9% of the total number of children in care in Nova Scotia, while persons of Aboriginal ancestry represent only 2.7% of our population.  In the Capital Region, 30% of the children in care are of African descent, while African Nova Scotians make up just 2.3% of our population.  This is unacceptable.  We have a lot of work to do.

Last week, the Nova Scotia NDP was the first party to name a Critic for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report. MLA Lenore Zann will lead consultations with First Nation leaders and communities about implementing those Calls to Action outlined by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that fall under provincial jurisdiction.

“Premier McNeil has made no commitment regarding the more than 25 provincial Calls to Action laid out by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada”, Zann said. “I have deep respect for First Nations people and am looking forward to working in collaboration with them to ensure that the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is implemented in our province in order to finally achieve true equality and social justice for all Nova Scotians.”

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For more information:

Emily Reid

902-476-0883

emily.reid@novascotia.ca