The province has appointed Robert Wright today, May 9, to lay the groundwork for a panel that will address allegations of abuse and seek to bring healing for former residents of the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children. Mr. Wright is a registered social worker, educator and passionate advocate for equitable and culturally appropriate services for African Nova Scotians. “Robert has an impressive track record and he brings a wealth of understanding and sensitivity to this very important task,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “This is another step in doing everything we can to ensure that former residents of the home have their voices heard, and that our programs and services are responsive to the needs of at-risk African Nova Scotian children and their families.” Mr. Wright will meet with former residents of the home and community members to develop terms of reference for a process that will allow former residents to share their stories, examine the response of public policies, programs and services, and provide a means of healing in the community. “We have a lot to learn from the former residents of the home, and they deserve to be heard,” said Mr. Wright. “I look forward to working with them on a restorative process that will thoroughly examine what happened and ensure we are doing all we can to protect children and families in need.” Mr. Wright is a private social-work clinician in Halifax. He has worked closely with health-care workers, educators, and the legal system over a career of more than 20 years. He served as executive director of the provincial Child and Youth Strategy that was established after the Nunn Report of 2006. He has written and presented extensively on cultural competence, and he founded a support group called ManTalk for male victims of sexual abuse. He will deliver terms of reference for a panel within two months.
The motive behind the shooting was not known. (Colombo Gazette) A man was killed by gunmen travelling on a motorcycle in Gampaha this morning, the Police said.The Police said the 65-year-old man was shot at in Kehelbaddara in Gampaha and he succumbed to his injuries in hospital.