The Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs is looking for input through its African Nova Scotian Community Action Partnerships. The program, which seeks advice from African Nova Scotians, will launch this month. “Whenever we have an issue or a subject area that we think would benefit from community participation, we will recruit a knowledgeable group of community members with expertise in dealing with a specific issue or subject area to help us,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs. The role of the volunteer group will be advisory. Members will be expected to bring insight and expertise to a variety of issues of interest to, and directly affecting the African Nova Scotian community. The group will then make recommendations to African Nova Scotian Affairs. “The partnerships will give us a better understanding of community concerns, help us identify local issues and assist in ensuring we have all the information and materials we need to make productive decisions for African Nova Scotian communities”, said Mr. Barnet. The partnerships will also benefit African Nova Scotian communities. They will give communities a chance to discuss issues and future projects in an organized, productive way, give communities a forum for bringing their solutions to government, and offer a valuable opportunity for people with an interest or expertise in a subject area to contribute to their community. The first two partnerships launching this spring are on community engagement and youth. The information booklet and an application form are available on the African Nova Scotian Affairs website, www.gov.ns.ca/ansa , or by calling 902-424-5555 or toll free 1-866-580-ANSA (2672). The Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs was formally established in September 2004 to assist, support and enhance the provincial government’s delivery of services to African Nova Scotians.