Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

October 07, 2010 10:35 ET

Government of Canada Supports Indian Brook Powwow Committee

INDIAN BROOK FIRST NATION, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 7, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Member of Parliament (Central Nova) and Minister of National Defence, today announced funding for the Indian Brook Powwow Committee.

Funding will enable this cultural development group to present the fourth annual Indian Brook "Mawio'mi" or "Gathering" on the Indian Brook First Nation Reserve from October 16 to 18.

"Our Government is pleased to support the important work of the Indian Brook Powwow Committee," said Minister Moore. "Events like the Mawio'mi bring the Mi'kmaq people closer to their community by sharing the vitality of Mi'kmaq culture. Family, friends, and the greater community at large really connect at these gatherings, and the resulting goodwill benefits everyone."

"I am extremely proud of the Indian Brook First Nation and of all Mi'kmaq people in Nova Scotia," said Minister MacKay. "The Mawio'mi will have an enormous part to play in telling the First Nations story of this area and in keeping its history alive. We will have a chance to learn about the rich history of First Nations people and to reflect on their contributions to the quality of life in our own communities."

"The annual Indian Brook Mawio'mi helps rejuvenate cultural identity and pride within our community," said Brian Knockwood, Coordinator of the Indian Brook Powwow. "The direct contributions made by Canadian Heritage continue to make this event a true success."

The Indian Brook Powwow Committee is a local, unincorporated organization dedicated to the preservation of Indian Brook history and traditions. The three-day Mawio'mi will include traditional and contemporary Mi'kmaq song and dance, storytelling, and Mi'kmaq activities such as a daily sunrise ceremony, sacred fire, and sweat lodge. Indian Brook First Nation is the second largest Mi'kmaq Reserve in Nova Scotia.

The Government of Canada has provided a total of $7,400 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Jean-Luc Benoit - Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    jean-luc.benoit@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca