Nova Scotia Strong

by Apr 26, 2020

Nova Scotia StrongStaying strong – apart but together
One week ago, on the morning of April 19, people across Nova Scotia were shocked and devastated to hear of an active shooter in Colchester Country.   We learned that the shooter was driving a fake RCMP vehicle, likely wearing a uniform.  We breathed a sigh of relief when we heard that the suspect had been apprehended. But that was not the end of the story. Over the next few days, we learned that there were 22 innocent people killed over multiple crime scenes.  

Our hearts are broken. Our peace is shattered.  This kind of thing is not supposed to happen in rural Nova Scotia.  The level of premeditation and the extent of loss made the event particularly chilling  Additionally, the tragedy has happened when people are already suffering from the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic, already shaken by anxiety and struggling to adapt to new challenges.  Safe practices in place to protect us from the virus limit the ability for people to mourn together, to offer support to community members and families of those killed. 

On Friday, Nova Scotians wore red and gathered in solidarity outside their own homes, waving flags and banners. It was a small thing but a way to help cope and process.

Our thoughts go to the friends and families of the beautiful souls that were lost.  Our hearts will continue to ache. But we will find ways to mourn and remember – together but apart.  And we will continue to share goodness and find strength in our communities and our neighbours,   #NovaScotiaStrong.

Mary Elizabeth O'Toole

Mary Elizabeth O'Toole

Educator, Artist, Storyteller


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