Unama’ki Mi’kmaw communities to mark first holiday to commemorate children from residential schools
Not a day goes by that Noah Matthews-Cremo sees a reminder of the continuing legacy of the residential school system in his community of Membertou.
The 19-year-old, who recently started the nursing program at Cape Breton University, spends much of his free time learning his Mi’kmaw language and culture.
âI see our language holders disappearing without any new ones being born. Stories, dances, songs, prayers, teachings, crafts, lessons, values, knowledge – they are all on the verge of extinction, crushing me under the pressure of knowing that if I don’t learn it now, it will be gone forever, “he said.
Here’s how you can mark Truth and Reconciliation Day in Halifax
The Halifax waterfront will host a series of events marking Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
There is no shortage of options for visitors to learn more about Mi’kmaq culture. Crafts, live performances, and educational videos are just a few of what the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Center has in store for Haligonians starting this Thursday, September 30.
âIt’s a real opportunity for community members to come out, engage with the indigenous community and get something out of it. And I hope that we are building a true understanding of the landscape of Indigenous peoples in Halifax, âsaid Pam Glode Desrochers, Executive Director of the center.
âGood Medicine for the Communityâ: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Millbrook
Watching how the Millbrook First Nation unites to commemorate the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, Renae Julien is proud.
“It’s a good day to learn, and also to reflect on it,” said the community member. âIt’s painful for some and it heals for some, there are so many different emotions going into it. But I’m really proud of my community here in Millbrook because of what they’re going to do.
On the powwow field, âThe Relativesâ performs and Subway offers a feast. There will be a sacred healing fire, youth rock painting and a ribbon shirt demonstration by Sunshine Martin.
LETTER: Government of Newfoundland and Labrador must review its own actions with Indigenous peoples
The federal government’s introduction of National Truth and Reconciliation Day as a statutory holiday is another attempt to bring to the fore the history and status of Indigenous peoples in Canada. We are invited to examine our knowledge, understanding, attitudes and behavior towards Indigenous peoples.
In light of September 30, our provincial government must review its own policies and actions.
In 2020, the province changed the public holiday of June 24 from âDiscovery Dayâ to âJune Feastâ. He also promised to choose a new name in consultation with indigenous organizations. We need an update on this.
JARVIS GOOGOO: Sincere Signs of Truth and Reconciliation in Atlantic Canada
Jarvis Googoo grew up in We’koqma’q, Unama’kik, attended an Indian Day School and graduated from a Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey school. He holds degrees from Saint Mary’s University (cum laude), Dalhousie Law School, and is a non-practicing member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. He lives in Kjipuktuk / Dartmouth, Nova Scotia with his wife Kerrianne and their dog Looloo. Follow him on Twitter: @JarvisGoogoo
In July, a new welcome sign was placed on Canso Causeway in addition to the âWelcome to Cape Bretonâ sign. It reads “Pjila’si Unama’kik”, which is a welcome in the Mi’kmaw language for those who come to the island. Although it has been celebrated by many, it has a few detractors.