African-Nova Scotian advocates call for conversation on reparations for impacts of slavery

African-Nova Scotian advocates are calling for a national conversation about ways to make reparations for the ongoing impacts of slavery on Canadians of African descent.

Organizers say African-Canadians have been discussing potential forms of reparations at the community level, and it's time for the rest of Canada to join the dialogue.

Historian Isaac Saney says many Canadians know little about the country's history of enslavement of thousands of people African descent between the 16th and 19th centuries.

Lynn Jones of the Global Afrikan Congress says Nova Scotia, as home to one of Canada's oldest black communities, has a special role to play in the reparations conversation.

Jones believes reparations should take many forms, including compensation for black Canadians, but that amount should be determined on an ongoing basis.

Robert Wright of the African Nova Scotian Decade for People of African Descent Coalition says starting a dialogue about Canada's legacy of slavery will be a vital part of the ``reparations formula.''

A recent UN report recommended that the federal government apologize for slavery and consider issuing reparations.