At the Memorial Branch Library, Gottingen Street, Halifax, NS, Black members of the African Nova Scotian community held a family meeting. Members wanted to have an honest conversation among ourselves about the tragic gun violence which has gripped the community last few weeks.
The meeting was attended by pastoral leaders, teachers, principal, academics, counsellors, psychologist and clinical psychologist, social workers, community leaders, restorative inquiry practitioners, youth leaders, youths and members at large.
Although I did not know the young women who spoke this evening, I felt inspired by their courage to speak their truth about their pain and what we as adults could do to support them at this time. I was influenced by their challenge to us older members to help them create a safe space and network of people to connect with in their time of need.
I was so proud of all of them who spoke, those who turned out, and others who were silent but present. Many left with the determination to take positive action.