Cando would like to thank the following honourary guests and keynote speakers that were a part of this year’s conference:
- Elder Lawrence Wells
- Chief Terry Paul, Membertou First Nation
- Honourable Darrell Dexter, Premier of Nova Scotia & Minister of Aboriginal Affairs
- Honourable Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development & Tourism, Government of Nova Scotia
- Ian D. Gray, Regional Director General, Aboriginal Affairs & Northern Development – Atlantic Region
- Paul Donald, Cando President & Director – Southern British Columbia
- ACE Team – Walter Kornas, Rick Saul and Spring Sault
- Kiju’s Boys
The community tour started at the Membertou Trade & Convention Centre where delegates were escorted by buses around the community by very proud youth who had been selected and trained to be the tour guides for the day. The first stop included the beautiful Heritage Park where interpreters told the stories of the Mi’kmaw people and showcased their art and crafts that were handed down by generations. Delegates also had the opportunity to browse the gift shop and support the local economy by purchasing souvenirs to take home. Other stops included the first church of the Membertou First Nation, their graveyard which had local heroes’ memorials, the band office, community’s strip mall, a bank, a gas station, and restaurants to name a few.
The community tour finished at the Eskasoni First Nation’s Cultural Center where delegates gathered for the Icebreaker Reception. Delegates were treated to a traditional lobster meal and the performances by the local artists.
Conference C-Side News
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