“On behalf of the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI, I would like to commend Premier Dennis King and his new government for the recognition of Mi’kmaq Treaty Day,” said Chief Darlene Bernard recently. “We look forward to celebrating this important event with Islanders and representatives of the Crown on October 1st.”
Mi’kmaq Treaty Day is set on the anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of 1752. Treaty Day was first celebrated in Nova Scotia in 1986 and was officially proclaimed by the Nova Scotia Government in 1993. Mi’kmaq Treaty Day serves as an important symbolic event to, both, strengthen the relationship between the Mi’kmaq and the Crown and to educate the public about the Mi’kmaq Treaties, as well as Mi’kmaq History and Culture—all important factors on the path to reconciliation. Prince Edward Island is the home to only one Indigenous People, the Mi’kmaq.
“The commitment to recognize Mi’kmaq Treaty Day is a significant gesture and signals the commitment of Premier King and this government to a strong relationship with the PEI Mi’kmaq,” said Chief Bernard. “Let the planning begin!”