Reasons to smile

This year marks the ninth year for the annual Ed Bowden Community Wellness Award as part of the annual Community Health Board grants. The grants go out to programs in the community that are helping to promote community health and wellness through many different means. The Ed Bowden Award is named after a strong and...

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The beginning of the end

Drums, celebration, dancing and tears filled Pictou Landing First Nation on Thursday morning as the community and its supporters celebrated the one-year mark until the Boat Harbour treatment plant will be closed. Students from the Pictou Landing First Nation Elementary School shared their thoughts about Boat Harbour during the celebration and why they are excited...

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Countdown begins

The Pictou Landing First Nation gym was packed full of community members and supporters this morning to celebrate the official one year countdown date to the closing of the Northern Pulp Boat Harbor Treatment Plant. Red shirts speckled the crowd as people collected and put on the T-shirts that read “honour the Boat Harbour Act”...

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Painting the past

A picture of a scene once enjoyed by a community, a scene of Boat Harbour, serene and calm with a small boat and a fisherman, will be enjoyed by Pictou Landing First Nation once again at the end of January. On Jan. 31 a mural depicting an old Boat Harbour, pre-treatment plant, will be put...

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Sharing cultures and more

Trevor Sanipass is happy to to share his heritage and culture with whomever he can, and he did just that on Sunday at the McCulloch House Museum and Genealogy Centre to help the centre celebrate Mi’kmaq Heritage Month. Sanipass, originally from from Eskasoni, travels widely giving cultural presentations about the Mi’kmaq and the traditions that...

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Survivors share stories on Orange Shirt Day

PICTOU LANDING — Smiles overcame the solemnity of Orange Shirt Day on Friday at Pictou Landing First Nation. The orange t-shirts worn by participants bore a message this year indicating the service beside the community’s monument was “in honour of residential school survivors and in memory of those who did not.” The monument in Pictou...

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Get ready to Read … By the Sea

RIVER JOHN — WordPlay was a huge success and now it’s on to the Read By the Sea festival. To keep the energy high between WordPlay on July 2 and Read by the Sea’s main stage on July 7, the festival offers literary activities in conjunction with village partners. On July 3, festival-goers met at...

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Museum of Industry to host North Shore launch of Joan Baxter’s new book

Fifty years ago this month, dignitaries and politicians gathered at Abercrombie Point in northern Nova Scotia, for the official luncheon and opening of the new pulp mill that had just gone into operation in Pictou County. Since then, the mill has provided valuable jobs and found support from governments of all levels and all stripes....

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Mi’kmaq heritage celebrated

WESTVILLE — The town hall gym rang with song, jingle dresses and the thunder of a drum Saturday afternoon. Billed as Fall Family Fun Day, the afternoon celebrated Mi’kmaq heritage and resembled something of an indoor powwow. Although on a smaller scale than the annual summer powwow, the event featured multiple kinds of traditional dance,...

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Reconciliation and remembering

PICTOU LANDING — Community members, librarians and museum employees gathered in the new Pictou Landing First Nations Fire Department to take part in a reconciliation workshop on Monday. The audience sat completely silent listening intently all morning to a brief account of Mi’kmaq history from Gerald Gloade, Program Development officer at The Confederacy of Mainland...

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