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. The theme for this year’s Mi’kmaw History Month is Mi’kmaw Sports, Traditional Games, and Pastimes.

Ceremonies and Events

  • On October 1st City Hall will be lit up orange to commemorate Treaty Day and the start of Mi’kmaw History Month.
  • The Treaty Day church service will be held at St. Mary’s Basilica, located on Spring Garden Rd. at 10:30 AM on October 1st, 2023.
  • There will be a Flag Raising and proclamation reading by Mayor Mike Savage at 10:00 AM on October 2nd, 2023 in Grand Parade Square.

Learn how to pronounce the words "Treaty Day," "September," and "October" in Mi’kmaw.

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


Visit the links below for resources and information from 2021 and 2020.