Treaty Day marked with reflection in Nova Scotia
Hundreds of people marched in the streets on Tuesday commemorating the 1752 treaty to provide peace and friendship between Mi'kmaq people and the Crown.
“One article of the 1752 treaty, it stipulates that we come here on the first of October every year to renew our friendship,” said Andrew Denny, grand captain of the Mi'kmaq Grand Council.
“When you make a friendship and it lasts over 250 years, how can you not be proud of that?”
The group began the celebrations with mass at St. Mary's Basilica.
Then, they marched down Barrington Street to Grand Parade.
This is the 27th year Treaty Day has been remembered. Still, some say more needs to be done to recognize Mi’kmaq issues.
“There's got to be more focus on knowing who the Mi’kmaq are. You know, what we need, what’s important to us,” said Denny.
He said right now those important issues include dealing with poverty and maintaining land rights and language.
“We're still here,” said marcher John Jerome Paul.
“The government still has to deal with us, has to still deal with our claims, etcetera etcetera. This is what it's about.”