The following websites are valuable resources for understanding our political system and laws. We encourage you to explore these resources as a way to deepen your understanding of how to be an engaged citizen.
- The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia - Visit https://www.legalinfo.org/ for lots of plain language legal information, videos, guides, and other resources. You can also chat, email, or call them with questions about the law.
More: The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS) has been supporting Nova Scotians to understand the law and access legal support since 1982. With a vision for access to justice in action and a mission to empower people to identify, prevent, and solve legal issues, our organization offers a wide range of supports and resources. With particular support for eradicating workplace sexual harassment, supporting victims of sexual violence, and with specific guidance and resources for newcomers, youth, and women navigating family law issues, LISNS has a strong history of empowering marginalized groups.
- The Nova Scotia College of Social Workers - Visit https://nscsw.org/ to find a social worker and learn about events and advocacy initiatives.
More: The Nova Scotia College of Social Workers (NSCSW) exists to serve and protect Nova Scotians by effectively regulating the profession of social work. They are responsible for ensuring that Nova Scotians receive the services of skilled and competent social workers who are knowledgeable, ethical, qualified, and accountable to the people who receive their services. NSCSW also works in solidarity with Nova Scotians to advocate for policies that improve social conditions, challenge injustice and value diversity.
Social workers are everywhere – working in health and community services, hospitals and clinics, schools, libraries, and more – and advocacy is an essential component of their practice. All across Nova Scotia you can find social workers supporting people in navigating complex systems to access health care, education, employment and housing, every day; they are uniquely positioned to identify and address systemic gaps, provide key services and programs, and connect communities to what they need, while applying their skills to build a more just world.
- Campaign School - Visit https://women.novascotia.ca/campaign-school for a free online training course aimed at women who are interested in running for political office.
- Equal Voice - Visit https://equalvoice.ca for resources, information, and skill development for women and gender diverse people who want to become politically engaged or run for office.
- Springtide’s Three Minute Citizen - Visit here to watch a series of 11 videos explaining Canadian democracy in plain language.
Click here to access a full list of Nova Scotia’s MLAs, which includes their biographies, information about which community they serve, and their contact information. You can also use this link to look up your MLA based on your home address.