The African Nova Scotian Decade for People of African Descent Coalition (ANSDPAD Coalition) is a group made up of thirty- five African Nova Scotian organizations from across the province and the thousands of individuals these organizations collectively represent and serve. The ANSDPAD Coalition recognizes African Nova Scotians as a distinct people and advocates on behalf of their needs and interests.

Over 30 years ago the Royal Commission on the Donald Marshall Jr Prosecution (Marshall Inquiry) officially recognized systemic racism in the justice system and its impact on African Nova Scotians (ANS) and the Mi’kmaq. The Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service (PPS) was created as a result of the Marshall Inquiry in 1990. Since then, the PPS has never appointed anyone from the African Nova Scotian or the Mi’kmaw communities to a leadership role (Director, Deputy Director, Chief Crown, Regional Crown, or Supervisor of Support Services).

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