The Region of Queens received a special gift from Acadia First Nations on Sept. 24, in the form of a large carving done by one of its members.
© Nick Moase Photo
Ed Benham, creator of the carving, stands next to his work. The Acadia First Nations band donated the carving to the Region of Queens Municipality to hang in Queens Place Emera Centre.
"Today's gift is a reminder of how we can move forward together," said AFN Chief Deborah Robinson at the presentation at Queens Place Emera Centre.
October also marks the 20th anniversary of Mi'kmaw heritage month, noted Robinson.
Ed Benham, creator of the work, was also at the presentation and explained the symbolism behind the work.
Waterways provided sustenance and efficient means of travel for the Mi'kmaw people, and the Mersey was one of the most important waterways in Nova Scotia.
"I felt that the water should make a huge part of this, because it is such a large part of our culture," he said.
The scene is made up of a composition of several photos from the Mi'kmaw portraits collection, along with a bit of artistic license
The AFN logo, also created by Benham, is displayed at the top of the piece and also comes with its own symbolism.
The sand dollar represents AFN, while the five points represent the five reserves governed by AFN. The red circle is circle of life, while the yellow circle is the sun.
The carved design on outer edge represents canoes, a symbol of the seven traditional districts of the Mi'kmaw people
The carving will be housed in the main lobby of Queens Place.