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Mi'kmaq heritage on P.E.I.'s Hillsborough River celebrated

The Hillsborough River Association and Abegweit First Nation will come together in Scotchfort, P.E.I., Saturday to celebrate the cultural connections of the Mi'kmaq to the Hillsborough River.

Ceremony will unveil trilingual plaque Saturday

The Hillsborough was designated a Canadian Heritage River in 1997. (Hillsborough River Association)

The Hillsborough River Association and Abegweit First Nation will come together in Scotchfort, P.E.I., Saturday to celebrate the cultural connections of the Mi'kmaq to the Hillsborough River.

As part of the celebration a new Canadian Heritage River plaque will be unveiled.

Dan McAskill says the Hillsborough River Association has wanted to replace the bilingual plaque for years. (Krystalle Ramlakhan/CBC)

"The existing bilingual plaque, that was unveiled in 1997, will be replaced with a new trilingual Mi'kmaq, French and English plaque, to better reflect the cultural diversity on the Hillsborough," said Dan McAskill of the Hillsborough River Association.

The Hillsborough River, which flows into Charlottetown Harbour, almost divides the Island in two. It served as an important transportation link for the Mi'kmaq, as well as for the Europeans who followed them.

The Hillsborough River Association has been wanting to put up a trilingual plaque for a number of years, but needed to raise the money to do it, McAskill said.

The celebration, including a Mi'kmaq blessing, a smudging ceremony and refreshments will start Saturday at 11 a.m. in Scotchfort.

With files from Island Morning

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