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Anti-Racism Resources: Anti-Black Racism and Black Lives Matter

This guide provides resources on anti-racism. It was developed in consultation with NSCC's Office of Human Rights and Equity Services.

NSCC signs the Scarborough Charter - Message from Don Bureaux

Good morning:

NSCC is continuing to push our work to address and promote equity and inclusion throughout our institution.

As part of that commitment, I have just signed on to the Scarborough Charter on Anti-Black Racism and Black Inclusion in Canadian Higher Education: Principles, Actions, and Accountabilities

What is the Charter?

The Charter grew from the October 2020 National Dialogues and Action for Inclusive Higher Education and Communities. This led to a commitment to work with other post-secondary education institutions to move to meaningful, concrete action to address anti-Black racism and to promote Black inclusion.

It is based on four principals:

  • Black Flourishing - Colleges and universities are central to enabling the just, fulsome realization of human potential and thriving.
  • Inclusive Excellence - Embodies the recognition that post-secondary education is enriched by equity, diversity and inclusion and equitable inclusion is critical to excellence.
  • Mutuality - By recognizing a responsibility to foster mutuality, colleges and universities acknowledge the multiple social relations and modes of societal action they depend on and are accountable for.
  • Accountability - Involves a commitment to ongoing education - including self-education - and to courageous action built on deeply consultative processes.

By signing the Scarborough Charter, we have committed to a process of continuous improvement through ongoing, sustained implementation of the Charter’s principles-based commitments to action. We are responsible for concrete outcomes – and accountable to you, our Board, communities and stakeholders.

Shawn Smith, NSCC’s Senior Advisor, Black Nova Scotian Initiatives, will take a leadership role in this work and will be consulting with the College’s Black/African Nova Scotian Employee Resource Network as well as our new Black Community Council – set to launch this fall.

I thank you all for your continued work that will support our pledge so NSCC can play its part in this country-wide collective of post-secondary educational institutions – supporting essential guidance, engagement and concrete steps for change.


Don Bureaux

Don Bureaux

Nova Scotia Community College
Office: 902-491-4898
Fax: 902-491-4825


Anti-Black Racism and Black Lives Matter




Fighting Racism and Discrimination

What is Black Lives Matter?

"#BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives."  (Quoted from Black Lives Matter)




CBC. (2021, February 26). What the Black Lives Matter movement looks like in 2021 [Video].

Activists say it is time to put pressure on politicians and businesses that made promises last year to take quantifiable action toward permanently changing Canada’s policies, systems and spaces that maintain anti-Black racism.

Harvard Business School. (2021, June 16). The importance of Juneteenth [Video].

Senior Lecturer Henry McGee and recent graduate Caleb Bradford talk about Juneteenth: what it is and why it’s important.