Nova Scotia Heritage Day 2023 Honouree: Rita Joe

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The Honouree of Heritage Day 2023 is Rita Joe, a Mi’kmaw poet from Eskasoni and We’koqma’q First Nations in Unama’ki, Cape Breton. Rita Joe is often referred to as the poet laureate of the Mi’kmaq people, she wrote powerful poetry that spoke about Indigenous identity. Her works continues to influence Indigenous and non-Indigenous writers and artists alike.

Images: Portrait of Rita Joe – Photo credit to The Globe and Mail. Rita Joe & Governor General Ray Hnatyshyn – Photo credit to The Canadian Press.


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