Nova Scotia Heritage Day Family Events 2017: Mi’kmaw Heritage

Nova Scotia Heritage Day

Presented by Mark’s

Each year, Nova Scotia Heritage Day honours a notable Nova Scotian. This year, Nova Scotia Heritage Day will be Monday, February 20th, 2017, honouring the Mi’kmaw culture and the many accomplishments of the Mi’kmaw people. If you would like to know more about Nova Scotia Heritage Day, click here for a review of previous and future honourees.

Here is a list of events and exhibitions happening in and around Halifax – and beyond!

Museum of Natural History (FREE Admission)

The Museum is open and FREE on Monday. You can visit the permanent exhibit of Mi’kmaw artefacts, and join a fun Mi’kmaw scavenger hunt! Check the Museum’s website and Facebook page for details.
When: Monday, February 20th, 2017
Time: 9:00-5:00
Where: Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St, Halifax
Website: NS Museum of Natural History

Heritage Day at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic (FREE Admission)

The Maritime Museum of  the Atlantic is FREE on Heritage Day, and has some special events planned. At 11:30 am, there will be a special citizenship ceremony for new Canadian in our Small Craft Gallery. There will also be two special film screenings at 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm, from the series, Wabanaki: People of the Dawn.
When: Monday, February 20th, 2017
Time: 9:30 – 5:00
Where: 1675 Lower Water Street
Website: Maritime Museum

Burton Originals Men’s “Eric” Boots are fashionable enough to be worn indoors, while these Sperry ‘s winter boots for women are so stylish, they’re flying off the shelves!

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (FREE Admission)

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is open and FREE from 11:00-4:00 pm on Monday, February 20th. When you visit, why not start at Shifting Ground, a permanent exhibition featuring contemporary Aboriginal art that connects past and the present, nature and culture, time and space.
When: Monday, February 20th, 2017
Where: 1723 Hollis St.
Website: AGNS

Spring is just around the corner. Get ready with this durable Wind River Colour Changing Umbrella. When its raindrops get wet, they change into a rainbow of colours! This umbrella would make a cute gift for Nanny or Grandad.

The Museum of Industry, Stellarton (FREE Admission)

Heading out of town? At the Museum of Industry in Stellarton, Celebrate Heritage Day with FREE admission. Visitors can see different styles of snowshoes and how they have evolved over the years, and from 1:00-3:00 pm, try out snowshoeing on the Museum grounds, with members of Active Pictou County.
When: Monday, February 20th, 2017
Time: Open 9:00-5:00/ Snowshoeing 1:00-3:00
Where: 147 North Foord St, Stellarton, NS
Website: Museum of Industry

Drumming at Pier 21

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 will be open for Nova Scotia’s third annual Heritage Day on Monday, February 20th. To help honour our Mi’kmaw heritage, the all-female group All Nations Drummers will be at the museum for a performance and workshop (time TBA). The activity will be included with regular Museum admission.
When: Monday, February 20th, 2017
Time: Open 10:00- 5:00/Drumming workshop at 11:00 am
Where: Pier 21, 1055 Marginal Rd, Halifax
Website: Pier 21

Dream Catcher Workshop at The Seaport Market

Join the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre to learn about traditional Mi’kmaw dream catchers, their importance, history and how to make them. The cost is $10.00 per workshop (includes supplies). Please email  to book your spot.
When: Sunday, February 19th, 2017
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Where: Halifax Seaport Market, Marginal Rd.

Sackville Snow Days Festival

There are so many fun family events planned for this year’s Sackville Snow Days Festival including  snowshoeing, a winter wonderland skate, a snowman contest, scavenger hunt, Snow Day Dance, and of course, the big parade!  Snow days does not specifically link with Heritage Day, but it’s a great way to spend time with the family.
When: Friday, February 17th – Monday, February 20th, 2017
Where: Various Locations in Lower Sackville
Website: Sackville Snow Days

Family Skate at St. Margaret’s Centre (FREE)

Join MLA Iain Rankin, and MLA Ben Jessome for their second annual Heritage Day Family Skate!  All are welcome. Free hotdogs and hot chocolate will be available during the skate.
When: Monday, February 20th, 2017
Time: 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Where: 12 Westwood Boulevard, Hammonds Plains
Website: Facebook Event

Oval Family Skate

The Halifax Oval has public skates all day long on Nova Scotia Heritage Day. What a great way to enjoy the day off!

Stay warm on the ice by layering up with this cozy Sweater Fleece Crewneck Top for women. For men, this casual WindRiver pullover is a stylish wardrobe choice for the rink, or après-skate!  

Finish Your Own Sand Dollar at Amos Pewter 

At Amos Pewter in Mahone Bay or Historic Properties, you can finish and personalize your own pewter sand dollar, to take home as a special memento. At the Mahone Bay Location, get a free tour of their amazing pewter workshop!
When: Saturday, Feburary 18th-Monday, February 20th, 2017
Where: Amos Pewter,  589 Main Street, Mahone Bay, or at Historic Properties, Halifax

Get Away at White Point Beach Resort

White Point Beach Resort is offering a fun Family Day Weekend package including 2 nights’ accommodation, dinner and breakfast, a welcome bag of treats and a family pass to the Queens County Museum.
When: 2 nights over Heritage Day Weekend
Where: 75 White Point Beach Resort Rd, Queens County
Website: White Point

If you want to get the right gear for February weather, visit Mark’s. For men, try on this bright, snowboarding jacket from Ripzone, perfect for late-season skiing, paired with a pair of toasty-warm washable WindRiver mittens.

Ongoing: Art at the IWK: Kekina’Masuti Nemitekemk Nktue Mijua’Jijk:

Children’s and Aboriginal art combine at this ongoing exhibition which you can view at the IWK Health Care Centre. Meaning “Art Through Children’s Eyes”, the exhibition showcases a collection of drawings from four and five year olds enrolled in the Head-Start On-Reserve programs. The exhibition also includes two works from the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s Permanent Collection by First Nations artists Alan Syliboy and Dozay Christmas.
When: ongoing
Where: IWK hospital

Here are the Mark’s clothes and accessories that are perfect for the changeable February weather!

1. RipZone Cross Hatch Winter Board Jacket 2. Burton Originals Men’s “Eric” Boots 3. Sperry Women’s Powder Valley Arctic Grip Winter Boots, 4. WindRiver Soft Shell T-MAX Mitt 5. Wind River Colour Changing Umbrella, 6. WindRiver T-MAX Sweater Fleece Crewneck Top 7. WindRiver T-MAX Heat ¼ Zip Pullover

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