African Heritage Month: Our History is Your History

February is African Heritage Month. Celebrations began last week with Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc and my colleague, Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs, Tony Ince officiating the provincial launch.

This year’s theme, Our History is Your History, recognizes the distinct story of African Nova Scotians and, more specifically, how that important story is interwoven with the past, present, and future of all Nova Scotians.

“African Nova Scotians helped shape the identity of the province,” said Minister Ince, “When we all acknowledge, understand and appreciate the truths of our shared history, we will be able to better embrace positive change in our province.”

This year’s theme also aligns with the United Nations’ International Decade for People of African Descent. The goal of this initiative is to strengthen global co-operation in support of people of African descent for full inclusion in all aspects of society.

I encourage you to participate in and learn more about African Heritage Month as well as the United Nations’ International Decade for People of African Descent. For more information, visit:



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