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Membertou 400 Nominated for National Tourism Event of the Year

The Grand Chief  Membertou 400 celebration has been named one of three finalists for national tourism event of the year.

Presented by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) and sponsored by the Toronto Star, the prestigious award recognizes individuals and organizations for excellence in hosting national tourism events.

Highlights of the Grand Chief Membertou 400 celebration, held at the Halifax Common, June 25 to 28, included an authentic cultural village, interactive demonstrations by Mi Kmaq artists, artisans and story-tellers, spectacular dance and drum competitions and a concert by Canadian icon Buffy Sainte Marie.

Over 80,000 people attended the event, including Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip who asked that a visit to the Mi kmaq Cultural Village be included in their Royal tour.  

It is a great honour to be considered among Canada s top three tourism events of the year,  said Membertou 400 project leader Deborah Ginnish.   It is even more gratifying knowing this was the first national event of its kind in Atlantic Canada.

She said the free, family event, which introduced thousands of people of non-aboriginal descent to the Mi kmaq s proud history and rich culture,  brought great joy and pride to our people.

I would like to thank the three levels of government, our corporate sponsors, our Mi Kmaq advisors and incredible volunteers for making this wonderful celebration such a huge success.

The award for national event of the year will be among 14 awards for tourism excellence presented during TIAC s annual national conference in Gatineau, Quebec, Nov.2.

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