A Partnership with the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada & Nova Scotia Indigenous Enterprise Network
October is recognized as Mi’kmaq History Month in Nova Scotia, and 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of its proclamation in Nova Scotia. Halifax International Airport Authority (HIAA) is pleased to partner with the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada and the Nova Scotia Indigenous Enterprise Network to mark this important occasion.
The purpose of Mi’kmaq History Month is to promote public awareness about the Mi’kmaw culture and heritage for all citizens of Nova Scotia. To help achieve that purpose, Halifax Stanfield will host a Mi’kmaq History Month event tomorrow, October 19, 2018 from 11:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Centre Court.
“We’re delighted to partner with the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada and the Nova Scotia Indigenous Enterprise Network to help promote the rich heritage and culture of the Mi’kmaw in our province,” says Joyce Carter, HIAA President &CEO. “I’d like to encourage everyone to take time to participate in Mi’kmaq History Month activities, including joining us in celebrating this year’s theme – Honouring of the Mi’kmaw Way – during our event.”
“HIAA should be commended for their corporate culture and desire to be diverse in sharing an integral part of Nova Scotia’s rich Mi’kmaw history,” says Robert Bernard, Atlantic Partnerships Liaison, Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada. “This is exactly the type of collaborative initiative that will help to start the process of cultural sharing and learning in a supportive, open environment.”
Halifax Stanfield’s Mi’kmaw History Month event will include a brief ceremony, featuring Joyce Carter and Robert Bernard as well as a traditional blessing, smudging and performance by Elder Cathy Martin, Chair of the Nova Scotia Indigenous Tourism Enterprise Network. The ceremony will be followed by a market concept highlighting Mi’kmaw music and dance, and showcasing Mi’kmaw artists who will demonstrate and display indigenous art and culture, including quillwork, basket weaving, pottery and storytelling.