Mi’kmaq Flag Flies Over Shelburne After Ceremony

Drummers took part in the ceremony in Shelburne on Friday, Oct. 9

Drummers took part in the ceremony in Shelburne on Friday, Oct. 9

By Greg Bennett | Shelburne County Coastguard 

SHELBURNE -For the first time in more than 100 years, the Mi’kmaq Nation Flag is flying over the Town of Shelburne. 

The Mi’kmaq flag and the Acadia First Nation flag were raised during a ceremony on Friday, Oct. 9.

The event, which featured Women of the Shore drummers and a Mi’kmaq dancer, saw more than 30 people watch as the flags were raised to the voices and drums of the Honor Song.

The flag is commonly referred to as the Grand Council flag. The white background denotes the purity of creation; the red cross represents mankind and infinity four directions; the sun symbolizes the forces of the day; and, moon represents the forces of the night.

The event was held to commemorate Treaty Day, which began in 1986 with the signing of a proclamation by then Grand Chief Donald Marshall Sr.

October is also celebrated as Mi’kmaq History Month.

Organizer Jeanette Nickerson thanked the crowd for coming out and all took part in the event, including representatives of the Acadia First Nations and Town of Shelburne Mayor Karen Mattatall.

“Kudos to you all for coming out,” she said.

Before it was over, she also hung a red dress at the site as part of a nation-wide project that offers a visual reminder of the missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada.