The Council of Canadians would like to express our shared shock and grief for the traumatic events and loss of life in Nova Scotia this past weekend. We extend our condolences to the families and friends who lost loved ones.
As a native Nova Scotian (also known as the unceded, unsurrendered territory of the Mi’kmaq Nation), I struggle to understand how this could happen in this beautiful place. Our rural communities are places where people depend on each other, on the land and on the ocean.
But as with the ebb and flow of the ocean, so too do the emotions we’re all feeling with this seemingly thoughtless rampage. As more information comes to light about the shooter and his motivation for killing Nova Scotians from Portapique to Enfield, there may be more that we need to process and discuss together.
For the time being, we hope communities can come together (in spirit for now, as we protect our communities from the COVID-19 pandemic) to provide each other the care, love and support we all need at this time.
Angela Giles, Atlantic regional organizer