Premiers, Aboriginal Leaders in Lunenburg
Published by Communications Nova Scotia
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter hosted his fellow premiers and leaders of five national Aboriginal organizations for a walkabout with visitors and residents on the Lunenburg waterfront, and a sail on the Amistad during the Tall Ships Festival. The premiers and leaders met today, in advance of this week's Council of the Federation meetings.
It is always a pleasure to welcome visitors to Nova Scotia and to share our hospitality and traditions. I'm honoured to host my fellow premiers and National Aboriginal Organization leaders for our meetings.
Premier Darrell Dexter
Lunenburg is no stranger to tall ships. Our most famous vessel, the Bluenose, and our sailing ambassador, the Bluenose II, were both built here. It's wonderful to see so many graceful ships from around the world visiting ports in Nova Scotia to remind us of the Golden Age of Sail and our rich seafaring heritage.
Premier Darrell Dexter
- There are five National Aboriginal Organization leaders meeting in Lunenburg from the Assembly of First Nations, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the Métis National Council, the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, and the Native Women's Association of Canada.
- The Council of the Federation is made up of Canada's premiers. They are meeting in Halifax from July 26 to 27.
- The Amistad is one of seven ships visiting Lunenburg from July 25 to 26 as part of Tall Ships 2012. It is a replica of 19th century topsail schooner La Amistad. The ship became famous when a mutiny was staged by the African slaves it was transporting. Their U.S. Surpreme Court case marked the first time in history that African black slaves won their freedom in an American court.
- Lunenburg is home of the Bluenose which was built in 1921 as a fishing schooner. She became a celebrated racing ship and is featured on the Canadian dime. Bluenose II, built in 1963, serves as a sailing ambassador for Nova Scotia and is currently undergoing extensive restoration in Lunenburg.
- Jennifer Stewart
- Premier's Office
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- Nicole Watkins Campbell
- Office of Aboriginal Affairs
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