The sound of drumming could be heard from the sidewalk Tuesday at the NSCC in Stellarton as the campus celebrated Mi’kmaq heritage.
Armando Lucio dances as part of the mini-mawio'mi at NSCC Pictou Campus on Tuesday. AMANDA JESS – THE NEWS
A mini-mawoi’mi was held for the second year on the Pictou County campus with drumming from two different groups and dancing.
“We want to let First Nations people know they’re welcome on this campus,” co-organizer Chasity Lucio said.
Lucio planned the event with Bryn Brooks, co-ordinator for aboriginal student services at NSCC in Stellarton and Truro.
Lucio arranged last year’s event at the Pictou County campus and the last six at the campus in Truro. Brooks took on the position as co-ordinator after she went on maternity leave.
The final preparations have been going on for the last month, but Lucio said it takes a full year to set up.
She said she starts dropping the word about the event several months in advance.
“It is making those community connections and welcoming those guests.”
Brooks said the event was very important because NSCC has a diverse campus.
“That’s where the word community comes from (in Nova Scotia Community College) because we are a community.”
Lucio said it’s also important at the Pictou County campus in particular because it has a focus on trades.
She said racism and sexism are sometimes prevalent in the trades industries and this event helps to break those stereotypes.
Students from NSCC, G.R. Saunders Elementary and Pictou Landing First Nation Elementary heard many stories and were invited to participate in a few of the dances.
Garnett Gload, senior interpreter and drum keeper with the Glooscap Heritage Centre in Truro, was also on hand to provide information about programs and events.
October marks Mi’kmaq History Month.
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