NB Aboriginal Affairs Minister Arlene Dunn (File image)

The Higgs government will appoint a commissioner to examine the nature and impact of systemic racism in the province. Aboriginal Affairs Minister Arlene Dunn says “We acknowledge that systemic racism exists here in New Brunswick and we want to better understand people’s experiences, its impact and what we can do about it.”

The independent commissioner will be tasked with producing a report by March 31 of next year containing recommendations for a strategy and action plan “to address sector concerns such as: barriers to opportunity; equitable access to programs and services; and systemic racism in health care, education, social development, housing, employment and criminal justice. The commissioner may also identify and address other sectors that impact these designated groups.”

The final report will be made public and the process is expected to cost about $500,000.