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.

October 1 also marks the beginning of Mi’kmaq History Month in Nova Scotia.

Ceremonies and Events

  • The waterfront events that HRM was partnering with the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre on have been postponed, a new date will be decided soon. Here is a link to the Friendship Centre’s web page with the announcement on it: Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Centre (
  • On October 1st City Hall will be lit up orange to commemorate Treaty Day.
  • The Treaty Day church service at St. Mary’s Basilica and the Veterans Walk which were scheduled for October 3rd have been postponed.
  • There will be a flag raising and proclamation reading with the Deputy Mayor at 11:30 AM on October 3rd in Grand Parade Square.
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Learn how to pronounce the words "Treaty Day," "September," and "October" in Mi’kmaw.

Guide to pronunciation of "Treaty Day," "September," and "October"