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e-3345 (Culture and heritage)

Initiated by Donald Oliver from Halifax, Nova Scotia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons

  • The Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia, established in 1983 by the Black Cultural Society of Nova Scotia as the first and largest Museum dedicated to Black History and the African Nova Scotian legacy in Canada;
  • Nova Scotia is the birthplace of Black Culture in Canada and has over 52 historic Black communities, many of which can trace their origins to the 17th century;
  • Nova Scotia is home to the oldest and largest multi-generational indigenous Black Community that predates Canada’s Confederation;
  • The early historic migrations of the Black Loyalists, Jamaican Maroons, Refugees of the War of 1812 and Caribbean Migrants contributed to the diverse landscape of Canada;
  • The Designation of a National Black Cultural Centre and Museum is an important action in deepening Canada’s commitment toward eliminating anti-Black racism in our society and recognizing the historic and ongoing contributions of Black Canadians to our country, communities and the UN Decade for the People of African Descent; and
  • Providing Canadians with a base for a greater understanding of a diverse culture in an inspiring way.
We, the undersigned, citizens or residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to designate the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia, located on 10 Cherry Brook Road in the community of Cherry Brook in the historic Township of Preston, Nova Scotia, as Canada’s National Black Cultural Centre & Museum.
Open for signature
May 19, 2021, at 11:05 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
June 18, 2021, at 11:05 a.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Darrell Samson (Sackville—Preston—Chezzetcook)
June 22, 2021 (Petition No. 432-01205)
Photo - Darrell Samson
Liberal Caucus
Nova Scotia