Not everyone was satisfied with mayor Peter Kelly’s apology to residents for the loss of Africville.
“He said we lost everything,” says Denise Allen, organizer of an injunction to stop the settlement. “We didn’t lose anything! It was stolen. He apologized for all we endured. We didn’t endure. We fought against it. We didn’t just endure it. We fought for inclusion, to enjoy the same services and entitlements that the rest of the citizens of Halifax enjoyed. And no one mentioned race. That’s racism in itself.”
Allen filed an injunction last Tuesday, March 9 [see correction above], to stop the recent government offer to the Africville Genealogical Society to settle Africville grievances---that offere includes $3 million in city funds backed by $1.5 million from the province and a quarter of a million dollars of federal funds, mainly going to the construction of a church in Seaview Park which will be renamed Africville.
[Allen has written an editorial for The Coast, explaining her views; see, here.]