Treaty Day celebrations held in Halifax

Celebrations and activities are being held in Halifax on Monday in honour of the treaty relationship between the Mi'kmaq and Nova Scotians, and to recognize the achievements of Mi'kmaw elders and youth.

Treaty Day began in 1986 with the signing of a proclamation by then Grand Chief Donald Marshall Sr. and marks the beginning of Mi'kmaq History Month in Nova Scotia.

Grand Keptin Antle Denny says the relationship between the Mi'kmaq and Nova Scotians has strengthened over the years, adding that reconciliation is possible "through treaty education and a focus on our Indigenous knowledge embedded within our language."

Ten awards have also been announced, with two of the recipients from Millbrook.

Jacob Cope and Hannah Martin have been recognized with the Chief Noel Doucette Memorial Youth Education Award.


Awards and recipients are: 

  • Chief Noel Doucette Memorial Youth Education Award - Carl Marshall, Potlotek, Richmond Co.
  • Chief Noel Doucette Memorial Youth Education Award - Jacob Cope, Millbrook, Colchester Co. 
  • Chief Noel Doucette Memorial Youth Education Award -  Hannah Martin, Millbrook, Colchester Co.
  • Grand Chief Donald Marshall Sr. Memorial Elder Award - Katy MacEwan, Membertou, Cape Breton Regional Municipality 
  • Grand Chief Donald Marshall Sr. Memorial Elder Award - Stanley Johnson Sr., Eskasoni, Cape Breton Regional Municipality 
  • Grand Chief Donald Marshall Sr. Memorial Scholarship (Graduate) - Valerie Julian-Armstrong, Paq'tnkek, Antigonish Co.
  • Grand Chief Donald Marshall Sr. Memorial Scholarship (Undergrad) - Tammy Mudge, Glooscap, Kings Co.
  • Sister Dorothy Moore Education Scholarship - Kyla Bernard, Eskasoni, Cape Breton Regional Municipality 
  • Sister Dorothy Moore Education Scholarship - Allystar Gould, Eskasoni, Cape Breton Regional Municipality
  • Sister Dorothy Moore Education Scholarship - Karen Bernard, We'koqma'q, Inverness Co.a