Statement of Commitment

Sylvia Parris sign the Statement of Commitment The Restorative Inquiry is a process where everyone involved is committing to work as partners to create a better future together.

Statement of Commitment

The Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children Restorative Inquiry will reveal and address part of the harmful legacy of racism in Nova Scotia by examining the Home and the experiences of former residents, as well as the impact on their families and communities.

As we enter the Restorative Inquiry as supportive partners joining in the journey to light, we commit to building strong, healthy, respectful relationships that will help us plan and act together for a more just and equitable future.

We commit to participate in the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children Restorative Inquiry as full partners. We acknowledge our collective responsibility for the process and its outcomes.

We recognize that the harms suffered by former residents of the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children have affected them, their families and their communities for generations.

We commit to seek a common understanding of the abuses that happened at the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children, including the context and conditions that allowed them to happen, and why this matters for all of us.

We welcome this opportunity to examine how broader systemic issues have affected and continue to affect Nova Scotian communities—especially African Nova Scotian communities.

We commit to be open and transparent as we examine our past in order to seek a better future together. We commit to supporting this work with our time, resources and energy to the best of our abilities.

We commit our best efforts to do no further harm and leave no one behind. We acknowledge that we must find better ways of working together.