The Tri-County Regional School Board was officially formed in August of 2004 when the government of Nova Scotia formed two separate Boards out of the former Southwest Regional School Board. In March 2017, the Tri-County Regional Centre for Education (TCRCE) was formed when the government dissolved seven of its eight school boards. The TCRCE serves approximately 60,000 people of Digby, Yarmouth, and Shelburne counties, located at the South-Western tip of the Province of Nova Scotia. We are among the most rural of the School Boards in Nova Scotia covering over 7,000 square kilometers while providing and expanding equitable and diverse educational opportunities for our learners. Our unique geography allows for a high quality lifestyle, and many communities have a “tight knit” feel that lends itself to quality education with community involvement being at the heart of our activities.
The Tri-County area is among the oldest settled parts of Nova Scotia, and we are intensely proud of our past and traditions. We first and foremost recognize and respect that all public education offered in the Tri-County area happens on the unceded ancestral territories of the Mi’kmaw people; the people who are the first inhabitants of this land commonly called Nova Scotia. The Mi’kmaw can trace their relationship with this land and their cultural lineage back thousands of years and have lived and contributed to the fabric of our common society for generations.
As well, the Tri-County Region is a bilingual area. The Acadian influence is strongly felt in our school system, as we have robust and vibrant French Immersion and French Second Language opportunities for all of our students. Acadian communities dot the coast line of our Tri-County area from Digby to Shelburne County. Each community – a unique manifestation of Acadian Culture and expression.
Additionally, the fabric of our community is strengthened and enhanced by a significant African Nova Scotian population in all three counties. Most of our African Nova Scotian community can trace their ancestry back to the United Empire Black Loyalists who first arrived in Nova Scotia between 1783 and 1785, as a result of the American Revolution. They were the largest and one of the first group of people of African birth and descent to come to Nova Scotia. In Tri-County communities such as Jordantown, Weymouth Falls, Greenville, Yarmouth South, Birchtown and Shelburne, the ongoing positive contributions of members of our local African Nova Scotian community were born out of struggle, but were achieved through an unwavering commitment to perseverance, community service, pride in identity and social justice.
Lastly, our seafaring and fishing history has had a profound influence on the area. Indeed in this area, there is much to celebrate and be proud of.