African Nova Scotian Strategy
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.
AFRICAN NOVA SCOTIAN STRATEGY
Central to the need for an African Nova Scotian Strategy (the Strategy), and the foundation of the Strategy itself, is the understanding that African Nova Scotians are a distinct people. The Strategy, supported by the African Nova Scotian Strategy Advisory Council, sets out the need for a proactive approach to increasing support for African Nova Scotian students, staff, and faculty at Dalhousie.
The Strategy recommendations were developed based on the collective research, experience, expertise and wisdom of African Nova Scotian students, staff, faculty and other members of the African Nova Scotian community. If actioned, these recommendations will the full and equitable participation of African Nova Scotians at Dalhousie.
WHAT IS THE AFRICAN NOVA SCOTIAN STRATEGY VISION?
Our vision is the execution of a comprehensive, structured, and resourced strategy grounded in the understanding of African Nova Scotians as a distinct people and operationalized through engagement with African Nova Scotian communities.
We will achieve our vision through:
▪ Pathway programs for students
▪ Pathway programs for faculty and staff
▪ Student bursary and scholarship support
▪ Enhanced curriculum and research opportunities
▪ Community engagement on a local and global level