Even though Nova Scotia is Canada’s second smallest province, our people share a rich tapestry of culture and heritage that shapes who we are and where we live. Today, our sheltered bays and inlets continue to welcome newcomers to our shores, solidifying our enviable reputation for hospitality and acceptance of difference. Our legacy of migration can be found in our physical surroundings; in our museums, archives and libraries; in our communities; and in the varied and dynamic nature of our cultural expression. Influenced by the beauty of the land, captivated by a relationship with the sea, and inspired by the desire to not only preserve our roots, but also, invite new roots to grow, Nova Scotians are enriched by who we were and who we have yet to become.
For many African Nova Scotian communities, the War of 1812 marked a beginning. Places like North Preston, Hammonds Plains and Beechville, along with locations in the Windsor area and throughout the Annapolis Valley, became home to nearly 2,000 Black Refugees following the historic conflict.
Between birth and age three, the human brain grows at an incredible rate, laying down the cellular connections and building blocks needed to learn and develop. One of the greatest things a parent can do to nurture this growth is to introduce their baby to books and reading.
Through imagination and innovation, Nova Scotian artists add vibrancy to the cultural, educational, social and economic fabric of communities across our province.
In recognition of outstanding French-language programs and services, Acadian Affairs recently presented the 2012 Bonjour! Awards.
From dynamic plays to spell-binding spoken word performances; inspiring church services to uplifting musical concerts; engaging workshops to enlightening exhibitions; there are so many ways for Nova Scotians to come together for African Heritage Month.
This November, Nova Scotia’s first province-wide book club reached its final chapter, but that doesn’t mean it’s the end of the story for the successful new program.
Seventy-one politically-savvy students kicked off 2013 by experiencing our country’s parliamentary system during the Parlement jeunesse de l’Acadie (Acadian Youth Parliament).
This past fall, one of the oldest surviving stone arch bridges in Nova Scotia became the latest official addition to the Provincial Registry of Heritage Properties.
The George Wright House is one of the more important houses in Nova Scotia dating from the early 1900s – a landmark notable for its period architecture and storied history.