No 2. Construction Battalion Virtual Public Consultation
A nationwide virtual consultation on April 21 – 7:00 pm (Atlantic) and April 28, 7:00 PM (Pacific) is being held to hear from descendants and relatives of Black servicemen who were met with systemic race-based discrimination from Canadian officials during the First World War.
The consultation is a lead-up to the Government of Canada’s apology in July 2022 for historic racism towards the Black members of No. 2 Construction Battalion. No. 2 Construction Battalion, was a segregated, all-Black unit of the Canadian Expeditionary Force.
The consultation, sponsored by a national citizen advisory committee led by Canada’s Department of National Defence and the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia (BCCNS), aims to hear from both descendants of Blacks who served for Canada and parties interested in the redress process.
The government’s formal apology is slated to take place in Nova Scotia on July 9, 2022 with symbolic events set to occur throughout the week in various Canadian centres.