A warm pjil’sa to all attendees of the 5th Annual Wagmatcook Aboriginal Arts & Culture Festival.

It has been said that a nation’s culture resides in the hearts and souls of its people. The late poet Rita Joe understood this deeply. As a Mi’kmaq woman, she understood the role of nurturer and used her powerful words to teach. She recognized the importance of arts and culture to build bridges, to share histories and to ensure they are passed onto the next generation.
The Festival builds on the legacy of Rita Joe, by providing creative expressions of Aboriginal culture. Her spirit is honoured here as young and old gather together to celebrate Aboriginal words and music, poetry and song.
Congratulations to the organizers of the festival for encouraging and celebrating Aboriginal Arts & Culture in Victoria County.

I would like to welcome everyone to our 5th Annual Wagmatcook Arts & Culture Festival.

As part of Mi’kmaq Heritage Month in Nova Scotia, we believe that it is important to highlight our culture through the arts and traditional practices such as song, dance and stories. It is important to keep our traditions and culture alive not only in our community, but other communities as well.

In closing we wish you all the best and please feel free to come and experience the beauty of our people, our culture, and our traditions!

Wela’lioq (Thank you all),

Chief Norman Bernard

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