Mi’kmaq culture celebrated at west coast powwow
Thousands gathered in the western Newfoundland community of Flat Bay over the weekend to celebrate aboriginal heritage and culture.
The seventh annual Bay St. George powwow brought out people of all ages.
For 70-year-old Reg Mullett, it was a time to share with family and teach young people about their heritage.
"I couldn't even explain it," Mullett said. "What a great feeling it is to be able to share this with my grandchildren. Because this is what being a Mi'kmaq person is all about, you have to pass those things on to those that are coming behind you."
More than 100,000 people have applied to the Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation Band.
Now everyone is under a review, including those who already have their status. But Chief Liz Lasaga of the Flat Bay Indian Band says that shouldn't stop people from celebrating who they are.
"As much as people think they need recognition for identity, that's another issue, another topic of recognition," she said.
"This is really the whole self, this is the essence of the culture," Lasaga said.
The review process for the Qalipu applications will continue until August 2015.