At the February 7th Committee of the Whole Meeting Council was joined by a delegation of African Nova Scotian residents to unveil the African Heritage Month Proclamation.
Delegates were adorned in traditional African clothing, head dress and sash which was a beautiful addition to the meeting.
Deputy Warden Pelly was pleased to proclaim February as African Heritage Month in MODG and posed for a photo with the group shown below. Deputy Warden Pelly is the only African Nova Scotian Deputy Warden in Nova Scotia to represent strictly African Nova Scotian communities. Those communities are Lincolnville, Sunnyville & Upper Big Tracadie.
The proclamation read as follows:
WHEREAS February is recognised internationally as African Heritage Month -a time to recognise and salute the many contributions and ongoing achievements of people of African Descent all over the world and specifically in the Municipality of the District of Guysborough’s African Nova Scotian Communities; and
WHEREAS we are in the 3rd year of the International Decade for People of African Descent; and
WHEREAS this year’s theme Educate, Unite, Celebrate Community;
THEREFORE, be it resolved that the Council of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough does hereby proclaim the month of February to be African Heritage Month in the Municipality of the District of Guysborough. We encourage residents, businesses and community groups to participate in the activities and celebrations, and to take the opportunity to reflect on the story of Nova Scotia’s vibrant African Nova Scotian Community.