Rejean highlights the resiliency of African Nova Scotian women and girls, and believes in creating spaces for the voices of African Nova Scotian people to be heard – to share their experiences of injustices but also their unique resilience. This is important for awareness and education but also as a step in the direction of healing and overall well-being individually and communally. Rajean Willis, is a proud Indigenous African Nova Scotian woman from Truro, NS with roots from East Preston, Africville and Shelburne. Currently, she is a clinical social worker with Correctional Services Canada, Community Mental Health Services. Some of Rajean’s most prideful and impactful work has been around researching and raising awareness around mental health, substance abuse and gambling within the ANS communities and communities of African descent in NS. Rajean’s community work is extensive with experience in community and program development, research, writing, mentorship, facilitation and therapeutic intervention. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.