The sixth grade students at Hunt Middle School have been learning about the great Halifax Explosion of 1917: an event that few people beyond Nova Scotia have heard of. The explosion in 1917 was the largest man-made explosion ever; only the atomic bombs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have surpassed it. Nearly 2,000 Haligonians were killed and 9,000 injured.
African-Nova Scotians and the First Nations Mi’kmaq were also victims, but relatively little was reported about their losses. In addition to reading and writing about the event, Team Synergy students have been researching why more has not been written the African-Nova Scotians and Mi’kmaq people whose communities were also devastated by the blast.