Truro to host Mi’kmaq Heritage Hockey Classic game

Heritage Day on Monday will honour the heritage, culture, and important accomplishments of the Mi’kmaq community.

In the lead up to the provincial holiday, Mi'kmaq chiefs and council will face off against federal and provincial politicians and staff from Nova Scotia in a two-game hockey challenge called The Mi’kmaq Heritage Hockey Classic – Bury the Hatchet.

The theme, Bury the Hatchet, was chosen to honour a ceremony held in 1761 that saw the signing of the Halifax Treaties, which marked the end of more than 75 years of hostility between the Mi’kmaq and the British.

Renowned Millbrook artist Alan Syliboy created the logo for the event, while a Mi'kmaq elder hand-crafted three traditional hockey sticks.

 A stick will be left at each rink as a legacy of the games and the third stick will serve as a trophy awarded to the winning team of the series, in Millbrook.

The first game is Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Membertou Sport and Wellness Centre, followed by a game at 10 a.m. Monday at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre in Truro.

The games will begin with the singing of the Mi’kmaq Honour Song, and will be performed in Truro by the Samqwan Boyz.

The province says a free-skate with the teams will follow each game, and commemorative t-shirts will be available to the first 100 people through the doors.

More details on the event can be found on the provincial government's website.