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African Nova Scotian connections

Dal staff, community members and children pose with the African Nova Scotian flag on campus.

A distinct people

African Nova Scotians/Indigenous Blacks are a distinct people who descend from free and enslaved Black Planters, Black Loyalists, Black Refugees, Maroons, and other Black people who inhabited the original 52 land-based Black communities in that part of Mi'kma'ki known as Nova Scotia. Today, there are approximately 20,000 African Nova Scotians living in the province and many more living across Canada. 


"Dalhousie recognizes African Nova Scotians as a distinct people and acknowledges how they have shaped this province and University over centuries”

University Proclamation of the International Decade for People of African Descent, 2018