Aboriginal Day celebrations to get off to an earlier start

Published on June 17, 2014

Celebrate National Aboriginal Day and experience Nova Scotia’s rich aboriginal culture June 21 at the Glooscap Heritage Centre & Mi’kmaw Museum. Enjoy an intimate view of traditional drumming, dancing, storytelling and crafts along with food concessions and Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo for the kids.

The celebration at the centre is one of the largest in the province. It welcomes people from all directions to celebrate with the Mi’kmaq community. Michael R. Denny of Eskasoni will once again act as MC, keeping the day moving along. Eastern Eagle and Stoney Bear Singers will be belting out all their best songs on the big drum and dancers will be coming from all around.

“In past years the event’s opening ceremonies started in the afternoon, but this year we elected to start earlier,” says Garrett Gloade, one of the events’ organizers. “APTN organized a big concert on the Halifax waterfront starting at 8 p.m. and we wanted everyone to be able to do both.”

The vendors will be set up for 9:30 a.m. and there will be some amazing crafts to buy and delicious things to eat. The opening ceremonies will begin at 10:30 a.m. with an opening prayer, a welcoming address from Chief Gloade and then drumming and dancing.

Admission is free, all are welcome and it will be a lot of fun for all ages.


NAD 2014 at the Glooscap Heritage Centre Schedule 

9:30 a.m.: Vendors and Museum is open (free admission)

10:30 a.m.: Opening Ceremonies, welcome by Chief Robert Gloade, Millbrook FN

11:30 a.m.: Storytelling – Glooscap Legends

11:30 a.m.: Round one of the Hand Drum Competition

12 to 1 p.m.: Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo show

12 p.m.: Kojua Special

12:30 p.m.: Round two of the Hand Drum Competition

1:30 p.m.: Candy dance

2 to 3 p.m.: Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo show

2 p.m.: Hand drum Finals

2:30 p.m.: Awards (Hand drum winners, door prizes, 50/50)

2:45 p.m.: Closing Remarks