President’s Message on Treaty Day

To the University Community:

On October 1, Mi’kmaw communities from across Nova Scotia will celebrate Treaty Day in recognition of the Treaties signed between the British Crown and the Mi’kmaq. Celebrated since 1987, the day acknowledges that within the 1752 Treaty of Peace and Friendship a promise was made by the British Government to provide food, blankets, gunpowder, lead and other sundries, if the Mi’kmaq came to Halifax on October 1 of each year in perpetuity.

For more than 40 years, Cape Breton University has been committed to working with community leaders from First Nation communities across Unama’ki to support Indigenous learning, cultural preservation and research excellence.

As our story continues, the Calls to Action put forth by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada are helping to guide our direction. In response to one of the Calls to Action in the Report, Unama’ki College and the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies Office will be closed on Monday, October 2 in observance of Treaty Day, and Aboriginal students will be exempt from classes to allow them to participate in Treaty Day celebrations being held across the Province.

I hope you will join me in recognizing this very important part of Canada’s history.



C. Dale Keefe, PhD
President & Vice-Chancellor (Interim)