Message from the Lieutenant Governor on National Aboriginal Day
On the occasion of National Aboriginal Day 2013, I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the history, culture and vibrancy of the many and varied Aboriginal communities across Canada. As Her Majesty’s representative in Nova Scotia, I take great pride in celebrating the heritage and traditions of First Nations people, an integral part of Canada’s, and Nova Scotia’s, past and future.
This past February, I had the honour to present The Queen with a small gift – a beautiful quill work box made by Mi’kmaq artisans. Although Her Majesty receives numerous gifts every year, I know that those created by First Peoples are amongst her most treasured – each item handcrafted and imbued with the spirit and culture of a proud people.
During my tenure as Lieutenant Governor, Mrs. Grant and I have been privileged to visit Mi’kmaq communities across Nova Scotia to share in community celebrations, to learn about Mi’kmaq traditions and to renew the bonds of friendship between the Crown and the Mi’kmaq people of Nova Scotia. We look forward to strengthening this cherished friendship over the coming years. On behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, I wish you all a happy and peaceful National Aboriginal Day.
Brigadier-General The Hon. J.J. Grant, CMM, ONS, CD (Ret’d)