Spirit Guides for Spirit Glen

April 18 was a day of reverent celebration at Pictou United Church as three 4X6-foot art panels destined to be installed on the brick wall behind Spirit Glen’s water feature were unveiled to the congregation. Created by renowned Mi’kmaq artist Alan Syliboy and inspired by petroglyphs found throughout Mi’kma’ki, the panels depict Spirit Guides: a...

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Red Dress ceremony haunting reminder of missing, murdered indigenous women

As Tonya Francis sang the Strong Woman Song in the foyer of the Nova Scotia Community College, Pictou Campus, last week her voice echoed up to the high ceilings and filled the silent room. Francis and her daughter Felicity McGraw celebrated their culture and mourned the thousands of missing and murdered indigenous women across Canada...

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Pride flag-raising at Market Square

PICTOU – The Town of Pictou hosted its second annual Pride Flag Raising Ceremony at Market Square on July 9and drew more than 40 people. Mayor Jim Ryan called an “important event supporting equal rights and opportunities for members of the LGBTQ+ community while recognizing the importance of inclusion and peace for everyone in our...

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Raising the flag a shared honour

MOUNT WILLIAM — There was a sense of unity, honour and recognition in the air as the Grand Council Flag of the Mi’kmaq Nation climbed skyward on the flag pole outside of the Pictou County Wellness Centre last week. That feeling of togetherness issued forth from the remarks made prior to the flag raising in...

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Healing waters

PICTOU LANDING – The full moon has provided an opportunity to cleanse the polluted waters around Boat Harbour. A number of women from Pictou Landing First Nation  gathered on Monday to perform a water ceremony. “It’s a cleansing of the spirit and rejuvenation with the full moon,” explains Tonya Francis, who organized the ceremony. “I...

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