Nova Sco­tia plagued by sys­temic racism: in­quiry says

Cape Breton Post - - PROVINCE -

HAL­I­FAX — Sys­temic racism con­tin­ues to have a ma­jor im­pact on African Nova Sco­tians, a new re­port says. A pre­lim­i­nary re­port from the pub­lic in­quiry into the Nova Sco­tia Home for Colored Chil­dren or­phan­age says it heard from black peo­ple reluc­tant to in­ter­act with pub­lic agen­cies be­cause they feel they are treated as “sec­ond-class cit­i­zens.’’ The 21-page doc­u­ment also says par­tic­i­pants noted African Nova Sco­tians con­tinue to be over-rep­re­sented in the child wel­fare and cor­rec­tional sys­tems, and black chil­dren are sus­pended at dis­pro­por­tion­ate rates. “Par­ents, care­givers, ser­vice providers and com­mu­nity mem­bers ex­pressed con­cern that African Nova Sco­tian stu­dents con­tinue to have a dif­fi­cult ex­pe­ri­ence in schools,’’ the re­port said.

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