Treaty Day: A Virtual Celebration

Written by Cheryl Copage-Gehue and the Treaty Day committee

Working to keep our communities safe, Halifax Regional Municipality, the Treaty Day Committee, Halifax Public Libraries, Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre and community members have worked together to create this virtual experience. Although our traditional in-person celebration in Kjipuktuk will not take place as usual, we will be hosting our first Virtual Treaty Day Celebration. Please explore and enjoy.

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About Treaty Day

Every year on October 1, Nova Scotians mark Treaty Day to celebrate the rich history, proud culture, and important contributions of Mi’kmaq people.

These centuries-old treaties honour the enduring bond of friendship and respect between Nova Scotia’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, and reaffirm the historic presence of the Mi’kmaw, who have occupied the land for thousands of years. Explore Peace and Friendship Treaties, opens a new window, digitized at Nova Scotia Archives.

October 1 also marks the beginning of Mi’kmaq History Month in Nova Scotia. This year marks the 27th anniversary of Mi’kmaq History Month. In 1993, Premier John Savage and Mi’kmaw Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy declared October as the official month to recognize and celebrate Mi’kmaw culture and heritage.

A message from the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia

The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, ONS, QC, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia

“Ke’aknutma’tinej? Can we talk?”

This video features presenters from the Nova Scotia Treaty Education Speakers Bureau and community members throughout Mi’kma’ki reinforcing the message “We are all Treaty People.”

A message from Federal Ministers

The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services
The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

A message from the Premier of Nova Scotia

The Honourable Stephen McNeil Treaty Day Address, 2020

A message from the Assembly of Nova Scotia Chiefs

Chief Terrance Paul, Co-Chair of the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Chiefs

A message to Mi'kmaq Veterans

Speech from a Mi’kmaq Veteran to all Mi’kmaq Veterans, past and present.

HCol. Dr. Donald M Julien C.M., O.N.S., DCL., DHumL
Executive Director C.M.M  Kaptin Sipekne’katik Mi’kmaq District

Messages from Mi’kmaw Grand Council

Grand Chief Norman Sylliboy
Grand Keptin Antle Denny

Official flag raising: Mi’kmaq History Month and Treaty Day 2020

The Mi’kmaw Grand Council Flag is raised at Grand Parade Square in Halifax

Official Proclamation, Halifax: Treaty Day 2020

Mayor Mike Savage, Halifax Regional Municipality

Treaty Day Awards

Grand Chief Donald Marshall Memorial Elder Award

Laurianne Sylvester, Grand Daughter of Late Grand Chief Donald Marshall, introduces the Memorial Elder Award.

2020 recipients

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Sister Dorothy Moore Mi’kmaq Education Scholarship

Blaire Gould, Executive Director of Mi’kmaw Kina’matneway introduces the Sister Dorothy Moore Award.

2020 recipients

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Grand Chief Donald Marshall Scholarship Fund Award

Laurianne Sylvester, Grand Daughter of Late Grand Chief Donald Marshall introduces the Grand Chief Donald Marshall Scholarship Fund Award from Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey.

2020 recipients

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 Chief Noel Doucette Memorial Youth Award

2020 recipients

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We Are All Treaty People

“We are all Treaty People” illustrates the joint commitment from the Mi’kmaw community and the Province of Nova Scotia to deliver Treaty Education to all classrooms, grades, and schools; to the general public; and, to all public servants across Nova Scotia.

Explore more Mi'kmaq History Month and year-round Mi'kmaw content, on this page.