A proclamation declaring February as African Heritage Month in the Town of Amherst was signed by Mayor David Kogon on Jan. 29.
“The provincial theme this year is Our History is Your History. It reminds us that when we understand the truth of our shared history, we can, through awareness, co-operation, dialogue and learning, facilitate positive change in not only the province, but in Amherst as well,” Mayor David Kogon said after signing the proclamation.
Amherst town council’s committee of the whole is recommending a Mi’kmaw territorial acknowledgement be read at the start of council sessions.
The committee made the decision to send the recommendation to council’s Jan. 28 session for approval after receiving a staff report on the matter during its Jan. 21 meeting. Adding the acknowledgement to the council session requires an amendment to the town’s proceeds of council policy.
The staff report provided a suggested acknowledgement. It read: We would like to begin by acknowledging that the land on which we gather is the traditional unceded territory of the Mi’kmaw Peoples. This territory is covered by the Treaties of Peace and Friendship signed by the British Crown in 1725.
Amherst’s sea cadet corps has benefited from the inaugural ‘A’ Fresh Start Community Initiative.
On Jan. 15, the cadet corps received a $102 cheque from the Town of Amherst, money that was raised from those who purchased ballots for $2 during last October’s event that was organized by the town to encourage organizations or individuals to develop new events or enhance existing ones.
“From the beginning, it was council’s intention to donate the money raised via the purchase of the ballots to a worthwhile organization within the town,” Mayor David Kogon said, after presenting the cheque to Master Seamen Jessie LeBlanc and Samantha Aylward, members of 258 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Amherst.
The Town of Amherst is keeping its police force.
The decision to keep the local department and not request a proposal from the RCMP was made by Amherst town council on Dec. 17 after it received two reports on policing that it commissioned last May.
In passing the motion, council also directed town and police department staffs to work together on an expanded internally focused review that would seek ways to increase efficiencies within the department while also examining opportunities to expand the services offered by the force.