All delegates are welcome to a special welcome ceremony and protocol by Mi’kmaq Elder Cathy Martin, who will be providing blessings to all who have travelled to visit her home territory. In Mi’kmaq tradition, Elder Cathy will welcome and provide a smudge, a traditional cleansing ceremony to purify and clear the mind, heart and spirit.
Meet at Booth 1220 (the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada booth) from 7:30 AM to 8:00 AM on Monday, May 14. No photos allowed, and all are welcome!
Rendezvous Canada 2018 is taking place on Mi’kma’ki , the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik/Wəlastəkwiyik (Maliseet) People first signed with the British Crown in 1726. The treaties did not deal with surrender of lands and resources but in fact recognized Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik/Wəlastəkwiyik (Maliseet) title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations. The Nova Scotia Indigenous Tourism Enterprise Network (NSITEN) has organized this protocol on behalf of and in partnership with the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada, Destination Canada and the Tourism Industry Association of Canada.