Yesterday Justice Arthur LeBlanc released his decision regarding the A.L.I./D.B.D.A.L.I. naming dispute court case. I attended the oral arguments in May and my reflections can be found HERE. The complete decision can be found on the law courts website HERE.
The conclusion of the court was:
"In light of the court's finding of a reasonable apprehension of bias in this case, the Registrar is no longer fit to act. In addition, returning the case to the decision-maker would be pointless, because only one interpretation or solution is possible when the proper test is applied. Accordingly, I decline to remit the matter back to the Registrar. Instead, I will grant an order under Rule 7.11 (c) requiring the Registrar to direct DBDALI to change its name.
The judicial review application is allowed. The Registrar's decision is quashed on the basis of a reasonable apprehension of bias. This court orders the Registrar to direct DBDALI to change its name, with the change of name to be completed within 60 days of this decision."
So it appears that the Delmore "Buddy" Daye Africentric Learning Institute will have a new name within 60 days, but the obvious next question is what now?
What now in the face of deeply rooted divisions?
What now of provincial funding for either organization?
What now in terms of leadership?
What do we do now?
I say we turn the decision-making powers back over to the people. We do the work. We open the doors and anyone who wants can come have a seat at the table. We find balance between the valued perspectives of experienced educators and the equally valuable perspective of parents, students, and community members who are consumers and contributors to the system as well.
We find a way to re-establish trust, and we lean in with a fearlessness that actively rejects the lie that we, the Black or poor or Black and poor don't have the requisite intellect or insight to manage our own affairs.
We take up this opportunity to build something new and open and transparent. We establish a model in accountability to African Nova Scotians that demonstrates community involvement on every level is essential to meeting our communities' needs.
Youth councils with the ability to fund projects through a discretionary spending allotment. Quarterly community meetings with childcare. Ad hoc committees that regularly meet to discuss community needs AND assess the effectiveness of policies and programming. The possibilities are endless and these are just a few ideas I have, with thousands of African Nova Scotians out here just waiting to be consulted.
The contact information for the Delmore "Buddy" Daye Africentric Learning Institute (D.B.D.A.L.I.) and the Africentric Learning Institue of Nova Scotia (A.L.I.) are below. Call them up or write them an email, let them know what you think should happen next.
Delmore "Buddy" Daye Africentric Learning Institute
5539 Cornwallis Street, Halifax, NS, B3K 1B3
Telephone – (902) 407-3200 or 1-855-350-3200
Fax – (902) 407-3263
Africentric Learning Institute
2085 Gottingen Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3K 3B2