Membertou to celebrate Treaty Day

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MEMBERTOU — Membertou will celebrate Treaty Day today.

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Events begin at 10 a.m. at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre and Membertou Heritage Park.

In 1985 the Supreme Court of Canada affirmed that the Treaty of 1752 was still strong. In 1986, Oct. 1 was officially proclaimed as Treaty Day.

Today, the Mi’kmaq celebrate and honour the treaties of peace and friendship that were signed many years ago. On Treaty Day, the Mi’kmaq commemorate the unique relationship between the Mi’kmaq and the Crown.

Major celebrations are held annually in Halifax, N.S. However, recently Membertou has realized the importance of celebrating within the community and has brought their celebration home.

The agenda includes a community pancake breakfast at the Membertou Trade &and Convention Centre in Kluskap Hall. There will be an opening prayer and smudging ceremony and remarks by Chief Terry Paul. It will be followed by the introduction of Membertou’s youth chief and council.

It will be followed at 11:30 a.m. by a community walk from Membertou Trade and Convention Centre to Membertou Heritage Park

From noon–3 p.m., there will be a Treaty Day gathering at Membertou Heritage Park, including drumming and dancing, featuring host drum Sons of Membertou. There will be screenings of “Justice Denied” and “Chicken Run,” historical displays, complimentary tea, coffee and snacks.

Organizations: Membertou Trade and Convention Centre, Supreme Court of Canada

Geographic location: Halifax, Kluskap Hall, Heritage Park

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  • Wow
    October 01, 2013 - 08:47

    In membertou, treaties have a way different meaning than say, attiwapiskat (or other 6 nations; manitoba reserves)... Treaties here have lead to a prosperous business community. Treaties there, lead to corruption, poverty and recidivism rates that are THROUGH the roof. Band leaders need to be the catalyst in breaking the cycle and shed light on these atrocities across Canada. The chiefs and band leaders (crooked ones) hijacked the INM cause to hide their efforts to keep their poor, the poorest and most criminal.