Nasty winter weather wasn’t an obstacle for community members coming together to share in cultural festivities with First Nations performers. For the sixth year in a row, the NSCC Truro Campus hosted the Mawio’mi – derived from the Mi’kmaq word for “gathering”.
Hundreds were drawn to this vibrant celebration on January 22, 2013. First Nations dancers, drummers, and artisans from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island travelled to Truro for what has become a favourite annual event in the area. It includes activities for both native and non-native members of the community to participate in, such as traditional dances.
“Hosting a Mawio’mi provides students and the community with an opportunity to learn about Mi’kmaq and First Nations traditions, dances and stories,” says Chasity Lucio, Mawio’mi organizer and coordinator of Aboriginal student services. “Sharing culture through such a moving experience goes a long way to help foster understanding and acceptance.”
Truro Campus principal Kevin Quinlan, also welcomes the opportunity to share the experience with returning or new attendees each year.
“The campus is honoured to serve as the ’Meeting Place’ for this annual event that celebrates culture and connects us in a real way with First Nations communities in Nova Scotia and elsewhere,” says Kevin. “I think one of the most wonderful aspects of the day is seeing the number of local elementary and junior high school students who come to participate and learn in the event.”
Each year, the Campus extends an open invitation to the community to experience the incredible performances and learn about Mi’kmaq and First Nations traditions and way of life. Organizers can’t wait to lay out the welcome mat again in 2014.