We know your attention is pulled in a variety of directions at this time of year. So with that in mind, we’re keeping this newsletter short and sweet – mostly taking the opportunity to pass on our best wishes for a joyous and peaceful season, plus giving you a quick update on a couple of key events.
Whatever is beautiful,
Whatever is meaningful,
Whatever brings you happiness...
May it be yours this Holiday Season
and throughout the coming year.
The Engage Nova Scotia Team (Danny, Nancy, Isabel, Dan, Susan, Elizabeth and Amy)
A New Partnership: Building Relationship Through Education
Engage’s vision to build a more vibrant, inclusive and resilient Nova Scotia calls on us to craft a new narrative that includes all voices – particularly those of our first people.
On November 16, we joined with Canadians for a New Partnership (CFNP) and Treaty Education Nova Scotia to host a public conversation about how aboriginal and non-aboriginal Nova Scotians can build a stronger relationship.
Former Prime Minister Paul Martin and AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde addressed approximately 280 people gathered at the Halifax Central Library, followed by a facilitated conversation with panelists Jaime Battiste, Naiomi Mettalic and Cynthia Alexander.
Participants commented that the event reflected a genuine, hopeful spirit that we need to build on going forward. The information gathered through an electronic audience participation session will inform Treaty Nova Scotia’s plan to build on the intentions of the province’s historic MOU signed this October. It will also guide CFNP as they seek to gather signatures for their Declaration across Canada, and inspire other jurisdictions to take on a similar conversations.
You can get a sense of the day through the APTN coverage here.
On November 30th, 25 participants from five different Stepping Up Conference locations gathered at the NSCC in Stellarton to connect and share what they have learned as catalysts and conveners in their communities. The session was designed to test the concept of a regional approach to building networks of support – in this case the North Shore. Representatives from Pictou County, Antigonish, Tatamagouche, and Truro/Cumberland were on hand to share stories and brainstorm opportunities for energizing and sustaining community engagement.
The focus of the day was on surfacing learning and questions, identifying regional and provincial themes, and working together to better understand how we could support each other in taking next steps.
At the end of the day, there was support for ongoing work to share resources, build relationships and facilitate connections across communities and sectors.