TCRSB To Acknowledge Ancient Mi'kmaq Land At Meetings

Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 12:18 PM

A recognition of Mi'kmaq land will be part of Tri-County Regional School Board meetings starting next month.

Board Chair Michael Drew says he was inspired to bring this forward after hearing an acknowledgement at the Nova Scotia School Board Association meeting in May.

He then consulted with other board members and Acadia First Nations Chief Deborah Robinson.

The statement will read: 'The Tri-County Regional School Board acknowledges that we are in Mi'kma'ki, the unseated, ancestral territory of the Mi'kmaq people.'

It will be said by Drew after the playing of the national anthem.

Drew says this is an important statement to make.

"We are in unseated Mi'kmaq territory. By acknowledging and honouring that truth, it helps us to reconcile moving forward."

Some schools in the province also make the acknowledgement before class each day.