Postponement of Treaty Day Events – Government of Nova Scotia, Canada
This year’s Treaty Day observance, scheduled for Monday, October 3 in Halifax, has been postponed due to the lingering effects of Hurricane Fiona.
The province, the Grand Council of the Mi’kmaq, the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Chiefs and the Treaty Day Committee made the decision.
October 1 is Treaty Day in Nova Scotia and marks the start of Mi’kmaq History Month.
September 26-30 is Truth and Reconciliation Week in Canada, and Nova Scotia will recognize Friday, September 30 as Truth and Reconciliation Day as scheduled. Provincial government offices, public schools and regulated child care centers will be closed that day. September 30 is also Orange Shirt Day, which public schools and others will recognize on Thursday, September 29.
The treaty relationship is important to all Nova Scotians and we will come together and celebrate Treaty Day at a later date when it is safe to do so. At this time, our common goal is to support the people and communities affected by the hurricane.
Karla MacFarlane, Minister of L’nu Affairs
We understand that many are still without electricity and do not yet have access to basic needs. Right now it’s more important to make sure everyone is safe before they come together to celebrate.
Grand Chief Norman Sylliboy, Mi’kmaq Grand Council
We recognize the effects of Hurricane Fiona on all of Mi’kma’ki and the situation in which many of our communities still find themselves. We must ensure that the needs of our communities and our people come first. That is why we have come together, nation to nation, to make the decision to postpone next week’s Treaty Day event.
Chef Annie Bernard-Daisley, Co-chair, Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs