Come celebrate the legacy of the 400-year-old Mi’kmaq – Acadian bond at Grand Pré 2017.
In 1604, Grand Chief Membertou and the Mi’kmaq people accepted French settlers and explorers having just made the arduous journey across the treacherous tides of the Atlantic Ocean, with arms and hearts wide open.
Mi’kmaq people helped the French settlers overcome hunger, disease and the elements. They developed a shared understanding and knew that in solidarity they would be stronger. They bled alongside one another on the battlefield, and then toasted to their successes, and failures, as a united group in establishing L’Ordre du bon temps known also as The Order of Good Cheer, the first social club and theatre group in the new world. It was a deep-rooted alliance with peace and friendship laying the foundation from which the relationship developed. Then the expulsion of 1755 happened.
Not since the 1600’s has an occasion so momentous been planned.
Grand Pré 2017 will breathe new life into the shared history, legacy and culture of the Mi’kmaq and Acadian people. This special event will be part of the Canada 150 celebrations and will also be seen as an event that demonstrates a call to action for Truth and Reconciliation. Grand Pré 2017 will revisit and reignite the power of a friendship, which through good and bad, transcends centuries and shaped the Canada we know, and love today.
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Come experience Mi’kmaq and Acadian cultural demonstrations, enjoy nationally renowned Mi’kmaq and Acadian performances, experience the best of Indigenous and Acadian dancers, explore a cultural village, sit in on a lecture series, and wander through the artisan vendor marketplace