This year marks the 28th 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.
The official theme of the Mi’kmaq History Month 2021 poster is Treaties. Focusing on relationships and the notion that We are all Treaty People, the poster will explore the connections between Mi’kmaw diplomacy, treaty-making and denial, and renewal and reconciliation.
The Halifax Regional Municipality is located in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and traditional lands of the Mi’kmaq people. The municipality acknowledges the Peace and Friendship Treaties signed in this Territory and recognizes that we are all Treaty People.
Events and celebrations throughout the month of October
- September 29 | City Hall will be illuminated in orange to commemorate the inaugural National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
- September 30 | Flag raising ceremony taking place at Grand Parade at 5:30 p.m., featuring words from Shubenacadie Residential School survivor Alan Knockwood and Landyn Toney (Journey of Awareness), a Mi’kmaw youth that walked from his home in Valley, Colchester County to his home reserve of Annapolis Valley First Nation to raise awareness for the residential school students who never made it home. Following the flag raising, enjoy a Patio Lanterns Grand Oasis Stage concert featuring Indigenous performers.
- Weekend of Reconciliation on the Waterfront events, hosted by the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre. Events include:
Orange Shirt Day
September 30 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- Opening Prayer/song
- Welcome Remarks/History of Orange Shirt Day
- Painting craft on Orange Shirts
October 1 |10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- Opening Prayer/song /remarks
- Traditional Salmon Dinner – (First come first served to 500)
- Welcome/History of Treaties in Mi’kma’ki
- Live Entertainment – Videos played throughout the day on treaty conflicts in Mi’kma’ki
October 2 | 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
- Opening Prayer/song/remarks
- Open Mic for Artists
- Crafts for Children
- Indigenous Music & pow wow dance demonstration
- The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation will be hosting multiple virtual events happening from September 27 to October 1.