Nova Scotia

BLAC report turns 10

African-Nova Scotians are celebrating the 10th anniversary of a major study into how the education system serves their community.

African-Nova Scotians are celebrating the 10th anniversary of a major study into how the education system serves their community.

The Black Learners Advisory Committee produced a three-volume study in 1994. Known as the BLAC report, it contained 46 recommendations.

Ten years later, the curator of the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia says the report has led to significant improvements.

"The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, for the first time in history [and] as a direct result of the BLAC report, is now sending design students to the black cultural centre as part of their course outline," said Henry Bishop.

But Delvina Bernard, executive director of Nova Scotia's Council on African Canadian Education, found that one-third of the recommendations have yet to be implemented, including the creation of an African research institute.

"That's a critical one because it's a driver for so many of the other recommendations," she said.

Education Minister Jamie Muir promises to meet with members of the African-Nova Scotian community to discuss a new research institute.

And on the 10th anniversary of the BLAC report, Muir says a scholarship program for African-Nova Scotians in community college will be expanded by 50 per cent next year "as part of our commitment."

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