Monthly Archives: May 2016

The Mississippi of the North

After listening to the Saturday evening new on CTV news interview on the Cornwallis statue, http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=870833&binId=1.1145463&playlistPageNum=1, The Mi’kmaq historian Daniel Paul described Nova Scotia as the Mississippi of the North. This description reflects how I feel after living her for 38 years.

Many locals see anything different or foreign is a threat. There are few noticeable advancement in opportunity According to the Labour Market Statistics in 2014, visible minorities unemployment rate is consistently higher that the overall general unemployment rate.[1] Although the median employment income of immigrants with a postsecondary education is higher than non-immigrants, fewer immigrants worked full-time, full years compared to non-immigrants. For the recent immigrants (immigrated, 2001 – 2009), only 53% worked full time, full year. The median income was lower than that of the non-immigrants.[2]

In my experience, despite well-intention diversity talks, most workplaces, including government and major employers are not that welcoming. Talks about “tolerance” are just not enough. No government or institution can force one to accept another culture into their midst. True acceptance has to come from personal experience and humble encounter.

Speaking of government, despite of political parties, Nova Scotia is also chasing its own people out of the province. CBC has a good monologue on this issue. http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2688188417/

A province with its small and declining population base, rule by a few elite families and political class, the future is not bright.

[1] P. 16, https://careers.novascotia.ca/sites/all/files/LMI%20Stats%202014_FINAL.pdf

[2] P. 17, Ibid.

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