Reconciliation recognition

Honouring efforts and contributions

Indigenous Awareness Week, which took place May 21–25 this year, offers an opportunity to celebrate the Mi’kmaq of Epekwitk (PEI) and acknowledge the Island’s shared history.

 Through L’nuey, numerous initiatives took place to commemorate Indigenous Awareness Week. Among them, the Epekwitk Assembly of Councils Reconciliation Recognition Award continues to recognize exemplary contributions to reconciliation efforts on the Island. This year, the fourth annual Reconciliation Recognition Award ceremony was held, where Corryn Clemence, Stephanie Arnold, and Joe McGuire were honoured for their outstanding dedication to fostering an inclusive Island community.

The Reconciliation Recognition Award is granted to recipients based on a series of criteria that serves to recognize, respect, and include the Epekwitnewaq Mi’kmaq (Mi’kmaq of PEI), stories, history, or land in such a way that it creates a positive and inclusive Island community with lasting impacts for future generations.

“It is heartening to witness an increasing number of individuals in Epekwitk taking their own initiative to support the Mi’kmaq community and foster a more caring and inclusive Island community,” expresses Chief Darlene Bernard of Lennox Island First Nation, Epekwitk Assembly of Councils Co-Chair. “We are pleased to extend special recognition to those who have earnestly championed the cause of reconciliation and eagerly anticipate honoring more allies in the future.”