The Inaugural 2023 Treaty Day Mawio’mi
WELA’LIOQ – THANK YOU ALL FOR JOINING US AT THE FIRST-EVER TREATY DAY MAWIO’MI!
On October 1, 2023, the inaugural Treaty Day Mawio’mi, hosted by the Epekwitk Assembly of Councils, took place at the Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown. Our culture was celebrated, communities gathered, and history was made.
Hundreds of Indigenous singers, drummers, vendors and artisans came together with Islanders to mark Treaty Day, which commemorates the Peace and Friendship Treaties of 1725-1779.
This event provided an opportunity for all Islanders to engage with and learn about the culture and traditions of the Mi’kmaq that have endured and strengthened our community. The Mawio’mi featured learning opportunities, including explanations of drumming, songs, dances, and teachings for the public.
We came together to celebrate our Mi’kmaq culture, to acknowledge our shared history, celebrate our Treaty relationship, and to educate our friends and neighbors about our cultural practices and traditions.
The word “Mawio’mi” signifies a gathering, a celebration, and a coming together. It is a time of reflection and gratitude.
It’s also a reminder of the importance of our treaties, agreements that were made to ensure the peaceful coexistence and mutual prosperity of all the people who call this land home.
Treaty Day is not just about the past; it is about the present and the future. It is about our ongoing commitment to honor those agreements and strengthen the bonds between our communities.
It is a day of unity, understanding, respect, and symbolizes our commitment to reconciliation and the building of stronger relationships between our First Nations and all those who share this beautiful Island.
We look forward to many more Treaty Day Mawio’mi’s in the future!
Treaty Day Mawio’Mi
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