The Road to Economic Prosperity Action Plan is an opportunity for all orders of government, partner organizations, and allies to support African Nova Scotians in addressing historic and systemic issues and charting a new path forward for economic inclusion, development, and growth.
Collaboration between communities, and with partners, has always been at the center of our success and will continue to be as we implement the Road to Economic Prosperity Action Plan.
The Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) is a key partner in the development and implementation of The Road to Economic Prosperity Action Plan which was unanimously supported by Halifax Regional Council in 2020. The Municipality financially supports our work and a representative from its African Nova Scotian Affairs Integration Office (ANSAIO) sits on the Advisory Committee. Since its creation in 2012, ANSAIO has worked with municipal business units and African Nova Scotian communities to improve municipal service delivery, foster better engagement with the community, and promote employment equity within HRM. By working internally across the organization and collaborating with the community, ANSAIO continues to support efforts to provide improved, quality, and culturally appropriate service delivery to African Nova Scotian communities.
Halifax Partnership is Halifax's public-private economic development organization. The Partnership is committed to supporting African Nova Scotian economic inclusion, development, and prosperity. The organization has been engaged in community economic development for almost 15 years through its Director, Capacity Building & Strategic Initiatives, Carolann Wright, and is home to the Road to Economic Prosperity initiative. The Partnership supported the development of the Action Plan and is integrally involved in its implementation.
RBC believes diversity and inclusion is an engine for innovation and economic prosperity and is committed to making a difference in the communities it serves. RBC has been a partner in the Road to Economic Prosperity since its launch, demonstrating their leadership and commitment to African Nova Scotian economic development and inclusive growth through sponsorship of the Action Plan and co-creation of initiatives. They have helped shape and deliver financial literacy programming in high schools and are the presenting partner of The Spark – Igniting Conversations Speaker Series which is focused on amplifying African Nova Scotian voices and engaging the broader community in advancing economic inclusion and development for African Nova Scotians.
The Province of Nova Scotia has been supporting the Road to Economic Prosperity since its inception. The Province sits on the Advisory Committee and provides insight into government priorities, programs, and services that can support the work. It is financially supporting the African Nova Scotian Connector Program and the Elder Council. We are working with the Province to identify and address historic and current issues related to land ownership and environmental racism, to revitalize ANS communities through investment and development, and to increase labour force attachment and entrepreneurship for African Nova Scotians.
Engage Nova Scotia is an independent non-profit organization that has been engaging Nova Scotians in conversation, visioning, and storytelling for over a decade. Our partnership with Engage is a natural fit as it works collaboratively across all sectors to center well-being as a measure of success and progress, including mapping quality-of-life metrics throughout Nova Scotia. This aligns with our objectives to better understand, track, and report on African Nova Scotian prosperity and well-being.
Inspiring Communities creates collaborative partnerships to build equitable, thriving communities built on fundamentally reimagined systems. They bring those with lived experience, community organizations, government, businesses, and changemakers together to collectively solve complex social problems. Their mandate to foster change through creating equity and community-centered systems aligns with our principles and approach to developing and implementing the Action Plan. We are working together to build new systems and models of change that can be replicated not only within other African Nova Scotian communities but also within marginalized communities across Atlantic Canada. They have also been instrumental in helping us build and launch our Elder and Youth Councils.