Nova Scotia’s youngest citizens are invited to help create a symbol to represent Nova Scotia Heritage Day.
The new February holiday was celebrated Feb. 16 and honoured Viola Desmond, the African Nova Scotian businesswoman and social activist. P-12 students helped name the holiday and the succession of people, places and events to be recognized in the coming years.
Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince announced the contest Feb. 6, at the provincial launch held at Province House.
“Nova Scotia Heritage Day is giving us an opportunity to celebrate our collective cultural heritage and the contributions of all Nova Scotians,” said Mr. Ince. “Engaging Nova Scotia’s students again is fitting because they seized the opportunity to name the holiday and suggest honourees so we know they will provide us with great ideas for a symbol of this new holiday.”
The Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage is looking for unique and original submissions. These will be reviewed by a selection panel. One or more designs could be used to inspire the creation of an official Nova Scotia Heritage Day Flag. Designs may be subject to modifications and the final design will be revealed for Nova Scotia Heritage Day 2016.
Deadline for submissions is June 1. Guidelines, registration and consent forms are available at http://heritageday.novascotia.ca .
Nova Scotia Heritage Day falls on the third Monday in February each year. For the next seven years, the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage will work with communities to commemorate Nova Scotia Heritage Day and recognize its upcoming honourees.