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(Halifax) – Every February CUPE members across the country take time to recognize contributions made by Canadians of African origin to our union and our country.

CUPE Nova Scotia President Danny Cavanagh says, “Our union celebrates Black History Month as part of our commitment to promoting an active and inclusive union that values every member.  As the biggest union in the country – with over 600,000 members - our union also plays a key role in fighting for equality in the workplace.

CUPE Nova Scotia Equity Vice President Liz Paris says, “Many celebrations will be taking place across the province, and CUPE members are being asked to take an active role by attending such events in their communities.  

“People of African descent have been living in Nova Scotia for almost 300 years. In Acadia, from the early to mid 1700s, there were more than 300 people of African descent in the French settlement at Louisbourg, Cape Breton – just as one example of how rich our history is in this province,” says Paris.

For more information:

Danny Cavanagh       
President, CUPE Nova Scotia    
(902) 957-0822 (Cell)     

Liz Paris
CUPE NS Equity V.P.

John McCracken
CUPE Communications Rep.
(902) 455-4180 (o)