Province Recognizes National Aboriginal Day

first_imgMi’kmaq communities throughout the province are celebrating National Aboriginal Day today, June 21. “In Nova Scotia, the Mi’kmaq people are an important part of our province’s culture and heritage,” said Premier Darrell Dexter, who is also the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs. “National Aboriginal Day is an opportunity for Nova Scotians to celebrate that rich culture, as well as the history of the Mi’kmaq and their contributions to the province. “I hope that all Nova Scotians will take the opportunity to recognize this important day, and the 2011 Halifax International Powwow, taking place Canada Day weekend on the Halifax Common.” Canada’s National Aboriginal Day gives people the chance to learn more about Aboriginal people and their contributions towards the country’s development and progress. It was first proclaimed in 1996 by former Gov. Gen. Romeo LeBlanc and is held on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year and the first day of summer. Traditionally, summer solstice is the day on which many aboriginal communities celebrate their cultural and spiritual beliefs. Visit www.halifaxpowwow.com for information on Mawio’mi 2011: Halifax International Powwow and www.ainc-inac.gc.ca to learn more about National Aboriginal Day.last_img read more

Bear and Deer Hunting Seasons Begin Today

first_imgHunters are reminded to obey new regulations with the beginning of hunting season today, Sept. 9. They came into effect in June. “Hunting is an important part of our heritage that many Nova Scotians want to maintain,” said Natural Resources deputy minister Duff Montgomerie. “The new regulations encourage hunting and promote sustainability.” Hunters must purchase a Wildlife Habitat Stamp for $5 at any Natural Resources office, along with the appropriate stamps required, depending on the type of game and weapon. Today is the opening day for bear hunting and is also the first day of deer season for some hunters. Those holding an archery and muzzleloader licence can hunt deer beginning today but only with bows until Sept. 23, when crossbows and muzzleloaders can also be used. Starting on Oct. 25, hunters holding a general deer hunting licence can use rifles. The bear and the general deer hunting seasons end on Dec. 7. Anyone holding an archery and muzzleloader licence can hunt deer until Dec. 14. A special deer hunting season for youth, aged 16 or 17 years, takes place between Oct. 11 and Oct. 19. This provides an opportunity for young hunters to gain experience and learn to hunt safely. They must hold a deer hunting licence and be accompanied by an adult who is a licensed hunter. More information about hunting in Nova Scotia and the new hunting regulations are available at novascotia.ca/natr/hunt/last_img read more