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Challenges of A Black Family in Nova Scotia

STORY BY: Donald Ross
YEAR: 1950
LOCATION: Nova Scotia

Don was 9-years old when his parents decided to move from Nova Scotia to Winnipeg. They had encountered tough times in their Maritime province, as it was hard to find work. You were either fishers or farmers - like Don's family - and both industries were suffering. Being a black family with limited means also posed a challenge, even in a simple matter like getting your teeth cleaned. The dentists were all white, and though they couldn't refuse to treat a black family, they could jack up their prices to make dental care unaffordable. Thanks for sharing, Don.

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