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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — To have a good time Treaty Day and mark the start of Mi’kmaq Historical past Month, the chiefs of the Mi’kmaq First Nations joined P.E.I. Premier Dennis King Oct. 1 on the provincial administration constructing courtyard in Charlottetown to boost the Mi’kmaq Grand Council flag, which can fly throughout October.
Oct. 1 is acknowledged as Treaty Day to have a good time the continued relationship between the P.E.I. Mi’kmaq and Prince Edward Island residents and the province’s dedication to advancing reconciliation.
Chief Darlene Bernard, Lennox Island First Nation, who attended the ceremony, mentioned it’s a momentous event for Islanders – “a day to recollect and reaffirm the guarantees made between our ancestors and the Crown.”
She additionally mentioned Mi’kmaq Historical past Month is a time to share tales, traditions and heritage with the world.
“It is a time to teach, have a good time and foster understanding amongst all Canadians about our resilient communities and the significance of reconciliation.”
Throughout this month of reflection and celebration, everyone seems to be invited to study in regards to the wealthy historical past, tradition and contributions of Indigenous folks to society and to affix in constructing a brighter future collectively, mentioned Chief Junior Gould, Abegweit First Nation.
“As we collect to have a good time Treaty Day and kick off Mi’kmaq Historical past Month, we honour the enduring spirit of our ancestors who solid the treaties that proceed to bind us to this land,” he mentioned.
“These agreements usually are not simply historic paperwork; they’re residing testaments to our enduring relationship with the Crown and our dedication to preserving our tradition, language and lifestyle.”
King mentioned the provincial authorities is dedicated to working with the P.E.I. Mi’kmaq and not too long ago signed a historic settlement with P.E.I. First Nations for a housing undertaking in Hillsborough Park, Charlottetown.
Authorities may even be rolling out necessary on-line reconciliation coaching for all new public sector staff.
“We’re happy to proceed working with, and listening to, the P.E.I. Mi’kmaq. It’s necessary for us to advance collectively in direction of significant reconciliation.”