Treaty Day celebrations will be held today, Oct. 1 to honour the importance of the treaty relationship and recognize the achievements of Mi’kmaw elders and youth.
“Treaty Day celebrations bring people together to celebrate the special relationship of the Mi’kmaq and Nova Scotians, and recognize the important contributions of Mi’kmaw youth and elders,” said Premier Stephen McNeil who is also Minister of Aboriginal Affairs. “We continue our efforts to promote treaty education throughout the province, and create more awareness around Mi’kmaw culture, traditions and heritage.”
Treaty Day activities in Halifax include a flag raising ceremony at Government House, a church service at St. Mary’s Basilica, a Veteran’s Parade of Honour, a flag raising ceremony at Grand Parade Square, a Mi’kmaw gathering feast and awards celebration and a permanent display of the Sylliboy Pardon at Province House.
“For more than 30 years we have come together to celebrate our treaty relationship and the continued importance of honouring and acknowledging the peace and friendship treaties. Over the years our relationship has strengthened,” said Grand Keptin Antle Denny. “Through treaty education and a focus on our Indigenous knowledge embedded within our language, reconciliation is possible. We must keep working together and celebrating our accomplishments together.”
Awards and recipients are:
— Chief Noel Doucette Memorial Youth Education Award – Carl Marshall, Potlotek, Richmond Co.
— Chief Noel Doucette Memorial Youth Education Award – Jacob Cope, Millbrook, Colchester Co.
— Chief Noel Doucette Memorial Youth Education Award – Hannah Martin, Millbrook, Colchester Co.
— Grand Chief Donald Marshall Sr. Memorial Elder Award – Katy MacEwan, Membertou, Cape Breton Regional Municipality
— Grand Chief Donald Marshall Sr. Memorial Elder Award – Stanley Johnson Sr., Eskasoni, Cape Breton Regional Municipality
— Grand Chief Donald Marshall Sr. Memorial Scholarship (Graduate) – Valerie Julian-Armstrong, Paq’tnkek, Antigonish Co.
— Grand Chief Donald Marshall Sr. Memorial Scholarship (Undergrad) – Tammy Mudge, Glooscap, Kings Co.
— Sister Dorothy Moore Education Scholarship – Kyla Bernard, Eskasoni, Cape Breton Regional Municipality
— Sister Dorothy Moore Education Scholarship – Allystar Gould, Eskasoni, Cape Breton Regional Municipality
— Sister Dorothy Moore Education Scholarship – Karen Bernard, We’koqma’q, Inverness Co.
Treaty Day began in 1986 with the signing of a proclamation by then Grand Chief Donald Marshall Sr. and marks the beginning of Mi’kmaq History Month in Nova Scotia.
For more information about the treaty, visit https://novascotia.ca/treaty-education .