An agreement was reached last month involving a black community near Halifax, Nova Scotia that was destroyed by planned urban development years ago. The agreement negotiated between HRM and the Africville Genealogy Society includes an official apology from Mayor Peter Kelly, $3 million towards the re-construction of the Seaview African United Baptist Church, and the construction of an interpretive centre. Now residents and former residents of Africville are protesting the agreement.
Spokeswoman Denise Allen says the group has instructed its lawyer to file an injunction against the reparations deal negotiated between HRM and the Africville Genealogy Society.
Allen said the Genealogy Society does not represent the people of Africville. “(The injunction is) against the whole notion of the Genealogy Society board of directors claiming that they have the authority to enter into this type of legal agreement,” she said. “This (deal) was all prearranged behind (former Africville residents’) back, without their knowledge, without their approval.”
You can read more in an article by Alex Boutilier in the Metro Halifax web site at http://www.metronews.ca/halifax/local/article/483818--group-opposes-africville-reparations-deal