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NECC Round table @ Veith House – New Time! New Date!

Hello everyone!

Summer is so close we can almost taste it.

The NECC roundtable will be taking place this Wednesday MAY 3rd 2017 at 10:00am.

We’re moving the roundtable this week to provide our attendees more time to stay after the roundtable and exchange information.

If you have any concerns please feel free to contact:

Nick at nick.stoddard(at)

Get to know your Yoga Instructor! – Saturday Yoga @Veith

Abigail holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history with a focus on gender and empowerment. These studies translate into her passion for drawing people to yoga. She promotes empowering oneself by connecting movement, meditation, and breath to explore one’s body and mind. These practices have been beneficial to her and her physical and mental health, and her goal is to share her passion and learnings from yoga to help others improve their wellbeing.

Join us Saturday at Veith House for Yoga! At 11:00am. Drop in fee of $2.50 or donate what you can!

Join us this Saturday April 8th 2017

North End Mobile Food Market

The Halifax Mobile Food Market is excited to be back and offering a selection of fresh, affordable fruits and vegetables throughout the winter months. The market will run EVERY 2nd SATURDAY from FEBRUARY 25th through to MAY 20th inside NEEDHAM COMMUNITY RECREATION CENTRE.

Market Dates (every 2nd Saturday):
Sat, Feb 25 – Sat, Mar 11 – Sat, Mar 25 – Sat, Apr 8 – Sat, Apr 22 – Sat, May 6 – Sat, May 20


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Saturday Yoga is Back!

Come out for a fun, accessible yoga class for all ages and levels! $2.50 for an hour of vinyasa style flows that incorporate breathing and meditation techniques!!

Veith House is hosting its first class with instructor Abigail McInnis. Sessions will take place Saturday, March 25th at 11:00am until 12:00pm.


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Insights from North End Film Night

NE Film Night Feb


North End Film Night: Take One! was wonderful. Our bellies were filled with delicious snacks from The Soul Shack (THANK YOU so much!) and our hearts were challenged with woes of the past that we’re realizing are still very much a reality today. Through watching Black Mother Black Daughter by Silvia Hamilton and Remember Africville by Shelagh MacKenzie as well as hearing some very helpful insights from a community member with ties to Africville, we gained a deeper appreciation for African Nova Scotian communities as well as hope for a future of healthy neighborhoods.

Before reading any further, why not see for yourself? and here:


Based on the wisdom shared in the films and in discussion during the North End Film Night event, here are a few things that came through, loud and clear.

Africville residents were fine before people from outside the community got involved, with the idea that they knew what was better for the residents than the residents themselves did. They were independent, they were happy, and they weren’t nearly as concerned about their homes being ‘up to code’ as the City was.

“All people need to feel that sense of community, of ownership” was a statement that came from the post-film discussion, which helped us to understand what it is that made Africville such a wonderful place to live.

A sense of community and ownership. That’s the key, isn’t it?

After the question was asked: “How do we move forward, taking in this knowledge about Africville?”, two things were expressed by a wonderful community member in attendance were:

Refer to Africville as Africville. It’s not Seaview Park or whatever they named it [after they bulldozed it down]. It’s Africville.

– Please don’t limit your curiosity and celebration of African Nova Scotian culture and heritage to one month. It’s not a one-month thing, February just got the title! It also happens to be the shortest month of the year.


The programs, events, projects, businesses, and developments that serve communities best are those that come about from the community, rather than those that are brought to a community.

Going forward, with lessons learned and still being learned from the story of Africville, let’s think about this:

How can we foster a sense of ownership in our communities?

How can we better connect to one another and find that sweet spot of co-dependence with one another, while reducing our independence on outside institutions and businesses?

And- how can we celebrate African Heritage Month every month?