How and why did the original African Nova Scotia Affairs’ mandate change and why is the Office of African Nova Scotia Affairs now part of the ministry of Communities, Culture and Heritage?
The expansion of the OANSA can be of
All this said and done equates to a vehicle that African Nova Scotians must use, but there’s no driver and no gas to take the community to a state of self-determination.
The initial mandate of the
The reason why we are asking these questions is mainly due to the direction of the
Reports, such as Nova Scotia Commission on Building our New Economy and One Nova Scotia Coalition, are well intended but miss the boat on actual jobs, training and education for African Nova Scotians. Diversity and inclusion processes based on federal government and provincial government programs seem to have been forgotten.
The auditor general’s published audit for 2017 clearly indicates there is a problem with the allocation of funds to the African Nova Scotian community since there is no follow-up on the mandates submitted and the year-end reports from those organizations.
The minister of African Nova Scotia Affairs, meanwhile, has not initiated any positive change on behalf of African Nova Scotians. This is evidenced by the ineffective approach to jobs, education and training for African Nova Scotians in the newly established Irving Halifax Shipyards. This is a provincial project supported by Canadian tax dollars and the number of jobs, educational and training facilities established at the beginning was nearly zero. And now, four years later with little progress, there are still questions of how to remedy this situation. If the
The 2017 OANSA mandate is less like a mandate and more of a feel-good statement by the premier for a token African Nova Scotian minister given the responsibilities to do nothing of benefit, not even a good start. Ideally, premier, we will be able to help one another if the electoral boundary is changed to facilitate the election of an African Nova Scotian in the East Preston, North Preston, Lake Loon and Cherry Brook Black communities by using the same framework as Acadian Nova Scotians used for their security of culture and heritage. It would also be of benefit to unify the educational system so we are able to have a unified Black School Board so there will be a future plan for the youth and a grounding for our culture and heritage.