New February holiday being called Nova Scotia Heritage Day, starts next year

Metro Halifax
Published on June 26, 2014

Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince takes a selfie with students at Brookhouse Elementary school in Dartmouth prior to announcement of a new February holiday named Nova Scotia Heritage Day.

©Jeff Harper - Metro Halifax

Next February, residents across the province will be celebrating Nova Scotia Heritage Day.

On Thursday, Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan and Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince announced the name of the new statutory holiday which will land on the third Monday in February, starting in 2015.

Classes from three schools across the province submitted Nova Scotia Heritage Day as part of a naming campaign.

According to a release, the campaign also asked students to suggest “significant cultural and historical contributions to Nova Scotia” that will be recognized each year on the holiday.

A three-member panel reviewed the submissions, and recommended the names to Regan.

Viola Desmond will be the first person to be celebrated next February, followed by days recognizing Mi’kmaw Heritage, Africville, Joseph Howe, Edward Francis Arab, Nora Bernard, Carrie Best, J. William Comeau, Grand Pre National Historic Site, William Hall, Rita Joe, Maud Lewis, and Mona Louise Parsons in no particular order.

The addition of Nova Scotia Heritage Day gives residents six statutory holidays a year.