Truro to form committee to address issues in local African Nova Scotian community
Truro town council has passed a motion to work collaboratively with the local African Nova Scotian community to address communication, understanding, and other community concerns.
Council members have met with the African Nova Scotia community in Truro over the past several weeks and say they'll work through a Diversity Committee, directly consultation, and with community meetings.
The town says it will be consulting with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission to add clarity to the committee and for assistance moving forward.
Commissioner Raymond Tynes, a long-time former Truro councillor, was in council chambers and pledged his support and help with this initiative.
The motion includes working to enhance historical recognition of the African Nova Scotia community's contributions in Truro, engaging in an open dialogue on concerns, and supporting the community "as it seeks justice and development through the provincial and federal governments".
The town states that it envisions a multi-faceted action plan to find solutions, adding, "We recognize that some of the issues can be painful and complex, but we will not succeed without speaking the truth, education, understanding, dialogue, and awareness."
Mayor Bill Mills says a letter was circulated to council before Monday's meeting stating around twenty issues of concern to discuss in the committee, including funding for businesses, exclusion from employment, inclusiveness, education, and reparations.
A number of members of the local African Nova Scotian community spoke to council before the motion was unanimously passed, suggesting clarifications to the motion itself, bringing up other reports of interest for the committee, and offering thanks and support for this "historic step" in Truro.