A ceremony is being planned to raise attention to an area that’s believed to be an acient Mi’kmaq burial ground.
The Mi’kmaq Burial Ground Research and Restoration Association and Elder Henry Dorey, Native Council Nova Scotia Zone 10, are calling all Mi'kmaq, Aboriginal elders and people - as well as non-Natives who would like to help – to join with them.
The burial ground, said Ellen Hunt, who heads the association, dates back at least 5,000 years. She is planning a “sweet grass ceremony, drumming and singing to honour our Mi’kmaq ancestors and welcome the Spring Equinox.”
Ceremonies will take place at 1 p.m. on March 20 at Dorey’s Landing, Gaspereau Lake.
Hunt invites all to “come to the sacred fire and offer tobacco, prayers, good intentions and energy to help us keep our culture and heritage by protecting this special sacred site from Nova Scotia Power's construction and flooding.”
She suggested participants should bring drums, rattles, flutes, pipes, their own chair and something for a potluck feast following ceremony. Dress for the cold. Everyone is welcome.
Storm date is March 22.