Engage Nova Scotia (ENS), Treaty Education Nova Scotia and Canadians For a New Partnership (CFNP) co-hosted a full and half-day event on November 16th at the Halifax Central Library that convened more than 250 key leaders and members of the public for a conversation about building relationship between Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal peoples in Nova Scotia.
The event was emceed by Ramona Lumpkin, President of Mount St Vincent University and Regional Chief Morely Googoo included Prime Minister Paul Martin and AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde as headlining speakers. A Nova Scotia panel with Jaime Battiste of Treaty Education Nova Scotia, lawyer Naiomi Metallic and Dr. Cynthia Alexander from Acadia University provided commentary on questions asked of the audience. Participants also enjoyed drumming by Eastern Eagles, opening prayer by Elder Isabelle Knockwood and a welcome to Mi’kmaq territory by Chief Sid Peters.
The purpose of the event was to initiate meaningful dialogue across sectors aimed at building relationship between Aboriginal and all other Nova Scotians and to inform the work of the Treaty Education Collaboration and the CFNP. Most participants expressed that they felt a new sense of hope because of the event. Feedback was almost unanimous that participants learned a great deal, and that they were inspired to do their part to build better relationships among aboriginal and all other Nova Scotians.
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"Today's focus is to build relationship through education. We are all treaty people." Chief Morley Googoo @EngageNS— Richard Florizone (@DalPres) November 16, 2015