Celebrating youth in African Heritage Month

John DeMings
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African Nova Scotian Affairs Minister Ince to attend gala

African Heritage Month was officially opened Friday in a ceremony at the Municipality of Digby building in Seabrook.

Digby mayor Ben Cleveland read a proclamation opening the month, while congratulatory messages were brought by MLA Gordon Wilson, Digby warden Linda Gregory, Argyle warden Aldric d’Entremont, RCMP and representatives of Tri-County and South Shore regional school boards.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of celebrating African heritage in Nova Scotia, said Brenda Francis of the Black Educators Association, and this year’s theme is ‘Rising stars: Celebrating our youth’.

As a founding culture, African Nova Scotian history is deep and storied. Today, there are 50 African Nova Scotian communities throughout the province, and almost 15,000 African Nova Scotians who call the province home.

The seventh annual Southwest African Heritage gala dinner and dance will beheld Feb. 22 in the Royal Canadian Legion, Digby, with special guest Tony Ince, Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs

Organizations: RCMP, South Shore regional school, Royal Canadian Legion

Geographic location: Tri-County, Nova Scotia, Southwest African Heritage

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