NSFL supports African Heritage Month events

February 27, 2024

As African Heritage Month comes to a close, we are looking back in pride as our Federation was able to participate in two major African Nova Scotia Month celebrations held in Sydney and HRM.

Melissa Marsman, Secretary Treasurer of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour (NSFL), says that as a proud black trade unionist, she is pleased the NSFL participated in a meaningful way in these important events.

“As part of the NSFL’s ongoing commitment to racial equality and social justice, the NSFL and its Anti-Racism/Human Rights Committee and executive are eager to support these events and the important work all year long, not just in February, says Marsman.

Rocky Beals, the NSFL Vice-President BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) says these important commemorations honour the rich history, struggles, and achievements of Black communities in Nova Scotia. “Black History Month is a significant time to reflect on the past, celebrate the present, and look forward to a future where racial equality is a reality,” says Beals.

Danny Cavanagh, the President of the NSFL, says, “Our Federation stands in solidarity with the Black community, and we are proud to be gold sponsors of these events, which underlines the Federation’s commitment to fostering an inclusive labour movement that respects and values the diversity of its members.

“The Federation believes understanding and celebrating Black history is essential to creating a more equitable society and workplace. We understand the importance of standing together in the labour movement, and we are honoured to stand with our Black brothers, sisters and kin all year long. We encourage everyone, both within and outside the labour movement, to take the opportunity to learn about Black history also acknowledge and tackle the systemic racism that persists today, says Cavanagh.

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