Long-time community and labour activist Lynn Jones will speak about racism in Nova Scotia and what can be done to combat it when she delivers the guest lecture “From the Boomers to the iGens – Has the anti-racism dialogue changed?” during StFX’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration on Monday, Jan. 18.
Ms. Jones is a proud African Canadian born and raised in Truro, NS. She has over 30 years experience as a federal public service employee, and extensive experience in the Canadian Labour Movement. Ms. Jones became the first Black person to join the executive ranks of the largest union in Canada, becoming the first general vice-president of the Canadian Labour Congress and national vice-president of the Canada Employment and Immigration Union. She co-chaired the first national union Anti-Racism task force conducted in Canada. She has spent much time assisting communities in their development and in coordinating diversity, employment equity, and embracing change initiatives. She is recipient of many awards including the Queens Medal, Congress of Black Women Women of Excellence award, Nova Scotia Federation of Labour Human Rights Award and is a national and internationally acclaimed speaker and facilitator.