CBRM CELEBRATES NOVA SCOTIA HERITAGE DAY WITH EVENT AT CENTRE 200
February 1, 2023
SYDNEY, NS - With the coldest days of the year fast approaching, the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) Recreation Department is bringing some heat to the midwinter month with a community event celebrating Nova Scotia Heritage Day on Monday, February 20.
The event will recognize the groundbreaking contributions of 2023 Nova Scotia Heritage Day Honouree, Elder Rita Joe. Taking place both indoors and outdoors at Centre 200, a combination of music, games, performances, and ways to get active will be on site from 12-5 p.m. Elder Rita Joe of We’koqma’q First Nation was instrumental in paving the way for other Mi’kmaq authors. A residential school survivor, her greatest wish was to see more writings come from her people and “that the children would read it.” A member of the Order of Canada and the Queen’s Privy Council, Elder Rita’s writings worked to change the negative attitudes encountered in her life’s journey.
Starting with the “Poems of Rita Joe,” Elder Rita celebrated Mi’kmaq culture and language in her writings which include “Song of Eskasoni,” “Kelusiltiek,” and her most famous work “I Lost My Talk.”
An official Nova Scotia Heritage Day community celebration of the life and works of Rita Joe will be held on Thursday, February 16, from 5-8PM at Allison Bernard Memorial High School in Eskasoni with all welcome to attend.
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