TRURO – Thousands of local students are ready to take an active stand against racism next week.
The fifth annual Rally Against Racism is scheduled for Thursday, May 29 in Truro. Local elementary, junior and senior high school students will leave their respective schools and meet at Victoria Park by 10:40 a.m. If it is raining, the students will gather at the Royal Canadian Legion on Brunswick Street.
Debbie Buott-Matheson, Chignecto-Central Regional School Board spokeswoman, told the Truro Daily News it’s anticipated between 2,600 and 3,000 students will participate in the rally, which will include an opening ceremony with First Nations dancers, the singing of O Canada, and a Mi’kmaq honour song.
Other highlights will include a pledge against racism and students sharing personal stories about how racism has impacted them. Grade 12 Cobequid Educational Centre students will emcee the event, which will also include other forms of singing and dancing.
Buott-Matheson said the event continues to be important because “racism still exists. If you don’t address it, you can never eliminate it.”