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Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia
Statement on Systemic Racism

The tragic and senseless death of George Floyd in the United States has brought to the forefront the painful reality of racism in our society. The ideals of Freemasonry emphasize the belief in Brotherly love and we strive to meet and be the example of all people being equal. Our aim is always to provide an opportunity for individual growth and betterment.

Not all Freemasons think alike. We come from different races, political and social backgrounds and countries. But on one principal we are firmly united; Freemasons respect, accept and love one another regardless of our differences. The Brotherhood we share is based solely upon a man’s character.

Our Ancient Landmarks that are immutable hold that we believe in a Supreme Being, the Great Architect of the Universe and that all Masons are equal. Race, creed, religion, social and political status does not matter; equality does.

The tragic history of enslavement and segregation that continues to this day in many countries is deplorable and in no way reflects the morals and values of Freemasonry. We condemn in the strongest terms, any act of racism in society and in our Order. In Nova Scotia, Freemasonry is strong and active in communities across our province. Freemasons will not succumb to the hatred of racial tensions, nor foster the inflaming acts of racist activities and behaviours.

What is happening in the United States of America is not a new reality ~ Indigenous peoples, people of African descent and other Brothers of color living in Canada and here at home in Nova Scotia ~ have endured the psychological trauma of racism for generations. The Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia condemns all forms of systemic racism and stands in solidarity with our Indigenous Brothers and our Brothers of color and their communities, as we commit to healing the divisions in our society and seek to end the systemic racism around the world. In order to honour this, we require everyone to do their part by not being a bystander. Remember, if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. We all have a role to play to eliminate systemic racism in our society and to be true to the principles of Freemasonry. Soon, we will meet again on the level.

George A. Grant, MWTGM
Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia

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