The rise and fall of Africville, the contributions of black loyalists to Nova Scotia, and Viola Desmond’s defiant act to take her seat in a whites-only section of a New Glasgow movie theatre are among the defining Nova Scotia moments contained in a new Canadian history textbook launched today, May 22. Black History: Africa, The Caribbean, and The Americas was introduced to African Canadian Studies teachers at an in-service in Dartmouth, ending a five-year search for a high-quality textbook to support the requirements of the province’s African Canadian Studies 11 course. “This book tells students the compelling story of Africa and its people from early civilization to the 21st century, with a special focus on Canada’s, and Nova Scotia’s, place in black history,” said Patrick Kakembo, the Department of Education’s director of African Canadian Services. People from Nova Scotia’s past and present, such as Desmond, Lt.-Gov. Mayann Francis and award-winning author and filmmaker Sylvia Hamilton, stand along side other Canadian and world figures, such as Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks and Barack Obama. Issues like environmental racism, discrimination, civil rights, the struggle for identity, economic development, black pride and even hockey, are addressed through the experiences of Nova Scotians. “Students, parents and teachers will be delighted to see the connections with the curriculum and how the many contributions African Canadians have made have benefited our society,” said Lisa Reid, a history teacher at C.P. Allen High School. The full-colour, 364-page, hardcover book will be distributed to schools next month in time for the next school year. About 1,500 students are enrolled in African Canadian Studies 11 across the province. The course meets the history credit requirement for high school graduation.
Inaugurating the event, the Acting High Commissioner Ameer Ajwad stated that the High Commission initiated this outreach programme as part of its efforts to bring labour welfare and consular services closer to the Sri Lankan migrant workers and expatriates living in Singapore. Ven. Dr. Gunaratne Thero of SriLankaramaya, President of the Singapore Sinhala Buddhist Association, Mr. Bennet Manukularatne, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment Mr. A.A.M. Hilme Aziz, President of FAST Mr. Seah Seng Choon, Chairman Clubhouse Management Committee of FAST Mr. Stephen Chia, Director of Education and Programmes of HOME Sisi Sukiato, Asst. Director of CDE Ms. Don Chen, and Manager Operations of Aaxconn Ivan Som, High Commission staff and a large number of Sri Lankan migrant workers and expatriate Sri Lankans participated at the launch of the mobile service. (Colombo Gazette) He further said that one of the objectives of this initiative is to increase awareness among Sri Lankan migrant workers to utilize this programme which includes career upgrading courses offered by Centre for Domestic Employees (CDE),Foreign Domestic Worker Association for Social Support and Training (FAST), Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics (HOME) and Aaxonn, who are partners of the Sri Lanka High Commission in providing skills training to Sri Lankan domestic workers in Singapore. The event attracted over 300 Sri Lankan migrant workers who interacted with the officials of the Foreign Employment and Labour Welfare Division of the High Commission. Representatives from CDE FAST, HOME and Aaxonn were present on this. The mobile service also facilitated the registration of migrant workers with the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE). The participants were also briefed on worker’s insurance benefits.The High Commission’s Consular Officials apprised the participants on consular related services such as renewal of passports, attestation of documents, issuance of birth/citizenship certificates and other consular services. An official WhatsApp group was also launched to connect the Sri Lankan migrant workers in Singapore with the Labour Division of the Sri Lanka High Commission. The Sri Lanka High Commission in Singapore launched its first Mobile Service at Srilankaramaya Temple premises, Singapore on Sunday, 27th January 2019, the Foreign Ministry said today. The programme is scheduled to be held on the last Sunday of every month.