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The Partnership was initially established as a round table following a restorative approach agreement between Mr. Lucien Comeau, the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, the Halifax regional municipality and the Province of Nova Scotia. The litigation issue was around quality education that was truly equivalent to that offered by English-language schools to the schools of the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP) in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). Failure to pay an equitable share of the supplementary education tax for French first-language schools between 1991 and 2006 in Halifax and Dartmouth by HRM had a direct and adverse impact on the quality of the education they were able to offer.

 

On Friday, August 14, 2015 the MRH announces that an agreement with Lucien Comeau had been reached. The agreement includes a commitment by HRM to continue the work of the Partnership formed to improve and consult the Acadian and Francophone community using a collaborative framework that forms part of the restorative agreement, including:

 

  • The linguistic and cultural development of the Acadian and Francophone community in HRM;

  • Acadian and francophone awareness and education;

  • The employability of young Francophones in the greater Halifax area.

 

To reduce duplication, the Province of Nova Scotia is committed to participating in the Partnership to enhance community-municipal relations with respect to the priorities of the Acadian and Francophone community within HRM.

 

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