Welcome to Sackville Patriot Days
Dear Sackville and Surrounding Areas,
I would like to take a moment to reflect that the Sackville Community Development Association is located in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq. We are all Treaty people.
I’m incredibly saddened by recent event’s with the discovery of mass unmarked burial sites of the Indigenous Youth of this great country.
The SCDA will not be hosting any celebrations for Canada Day 2021, and will not be postponing to a later date in 2021 any celebrations of Canada Day. This is a time to mourn, and support the Indigenous Peoples of Canada and not a time to celebrate.
I understand a number of people believe Canada Day is a celebration of the country, it’s people and our achievements as a nation, but it needs to be understood there are those that also see this as supporting the decisions, actions, and atrocities that have happened.
Lets stand strong and lock arms with all peoples of this nation in support our fellow Indigenous peoples while they mourn these tragic discoveries.
At the core of the Patriot Days celebration each year is a Canada Day Parade down Sackville Drive, a free concert at Kinsmen Park and a fireworks display over First Lake.
The Sackville Community Development Association (SCDA) spearheads Patriot Days relying on funding from Celebrate Canada, HRM Festivals and Events, and donations from local businesses and individuals.
The Patriot Days Committee, a volunteer group who actually produce the festival, is comprised of a consortium of all levels of elected representation, service organizations, club members, and many dedicated volunteers banded together to organize and produce this community festival.
Different organizations throughout the community are designated to work on specific events and projects and the SCDA provides coordination, funding, fundraising, publicity, communication, support, labour, and motivation. Work usually begins in early January to prepare the year’s festival. The volunteers work very hard to produce a festival to be proud of. Annual total attendance at the events typically reaches over 50,000 people. New volunteers are always welcome as are fresh ideas.