February is African Heritage Month



February is African Heritage Month

The 2023 African Heritage Month theme, Seas of Struggle – African Peoples from Shore to Shore, recognizes the resiliency, strength, and determination of people of African descent from the shores of Africa to the shores of Nova Scotia -- with the Atlantic Ocean being the everlasting connection.

The theme highlights the role the sea has played in the long-standing history of people of African descent in the development of Canada and Nova Scotia. This year’s theme aligns with the United Nations’ International Decade for People of African Descent (DPAD) 2015-2024. The goal is to strengthen global cooperation in support of people of African descent, increase awareness and recognize their full and equal participation in society.

Nova Scotia has more than 50 historic African Nova Scotian communities with a long, deep and complex history dating back more than 400 years. African Heritage Month provides another opportunity to celebrate and promote the culture, legacy, achievements and contributions of people of African descent in Nova Scotia – past and present.

Be sure to attend Black Loyalist Heritage Center for the 2023 Civic Proclamation

162 Mowatt - space for rent

162_Mowatt_for_lease.jpg162 Mowatt St – 2nd FLOOR

Commercial lease Space

Office Space Available for Rent

Effective April 2023, the Town of Shelburne has office space available for rent at 162 Mowatt St (2nd floor), Shelburne.

The 2nd floor and basement kitchen spaces will be unoccupied April 1st and ready for new tenants.

Please contact Sarah Mattatall, Manager of Administration & Human Resources for the Town of Shelburne, if interested.

For viewing, please allow 48 hours’ notice, to accommodate the current tenants.      

902-875-2991 ext. 4

Regarding Cornwallis Street in the Town of Shelburne


The Town Office invited our Town Historian, Lewis Jackson to discuss a concern that was raised by a fellow Nova-Scotian, asking us to consider taking down the street name Cornwallis, as is occurring across the province, including the Coast Guard vessel.

Mr. Jackson reminded us that Cornwallis Street in Shelburne is named after Charles Cornwallis, born 31 December 1738, NOT his brutal uncle, Edward Cornwallis born 5 March 1713

General Charles Cornwallis fought in the first battle against the Americans in NY, securing it as a peaceful place for Loyalists to live. Charles was also instrumental in the peaceful and diplomatic exodus of British Loyalists from NY at the end of the American Revolution.

 The Town of Shelburne was earmarked to be the capitol of Nova Scotia and, at that time, included what is now New Brunswick and PEI.The Town of Shelburne named streets after those aligned to the loyalist cause and Charles Cornwallis was one of them. Others included Parr, Carleton, Morris, Ham(m)ond, Mowatt, Digby, Rodney, Elliot and Fanning.

In fact, all our street names trace their origins from royalty, politicians, religious or military leaders – commemorating individuals prominent in the Roseway (now Shelburne) settlement and the revolution.

 In the 1978 book ‘King’s Bounty’ written by Marion Robertson, Charles Cornwallis is described positively in his role during the war.

We have been previously asked about our street named Cornwallis (even the CBC asked earlier in 2022) and once they were made aware of the actual Cornwallis that was commemorated in the street naming, they respected the decision to have it remain.

This was discussed in Council on January 26th, 2023.

Winter Parking Ban / Reminder


Reminder that crews will be working hard to clear snow - this means the winter parking ban is in effect. No parking on streets, one hour after snow has started until 2 hours after snow has stopped - please be courteous and patient.