NSBS statement against anti-Black racism

The Society is saddened by the recent tragedies in both the United States and Canada that resulted in the loss of Black lives.

As the regulator of Nova Scotia’s legal profession, we continue to be deeply committed to addressing issues of systemic racism, including anti-Black racism, in the justice system since the release of the Marshall Inquiry recommendations nearly 30 years ago.

Our regulatory objectives specifically call on us to promote the rule of law and the public interest in the justice system; and promote diversity, inclusion and substantive equality and freedom from discrimination in the delivery of legal services and the justice system.

Together with the collaboration of our members, stakeholders, and justice system partners, we will work diligently towards eliminating racism, sexism, and other forms of discrimination in the delivery of legal services. 

We acknowledge the existence of systemic discrimination in our justice system and the need for action and education to address it. We will continue our efforts to learn, to adapt and improve our processes and to lead Nova Scotia’s legal profession by example.

We encourage our members to continue to learn & educate themselves by reviewing the following resources:

We are here to support members with resources & guidance and encourage you to reach out to Angela Simmonds, the Society’s Equity & Access Manager, at [email protected].

We also acknowledge the deep emotional impact of these tragedies and remind members that Homewood Health is available 24/7 to support you, your employees & your families at 1-866-299-1299.