African Nova Scotian Liaison and Education Officer
We are pleased to announce that Samm Reid has joined the Human Rights Commission’s Race Relations, Equity and Inclusion team as the African Nova Scotian Liaison and Education Officer.
Samm traces her roots to the historic African Nova Scotian communities of Beechville and Cherry Brook/ Lake Loon.
In this role, Samm will help foster positive relationships with African Nova Scotian communities and communities of African descent in Nova Scotia. Her work will focus on ongoing engagement with the community and facilitating learning opportunities to raise awareness of its history, experiences with systemic discrimination, and racial trauma.
Samm will coordinate and promote education and awareness around Human Rights jurisdiction and services available to a diverse range of African Nova Scotian communities and communities of African descent in Nova Scotia. She will work closely with the Director, Race Relations Equity and Inclusion and other team members to provide Human Rights Education to all Nova Scotians through an Africentric lens by centring on the history, cultural heritage, and lived experiences of people of African descent while remaining committed to empowering the community through the process. Samm will also support the Commission to adopt and engage in Afrocentric approaches as part of its commitment to culturally responsive and trauma-informed practices in resolving human rights complaints.