Eska­soni to host sec­ond an­nual Bury the Hatchet Hockey Clas­sic to­day

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The sec­ond an­nual Bury the Hatchet Hockey Clas­sic will take place to­day at the Dan K. Stevens Memo­rial Arena in Eska­soni.

“Bury the hatchet” be­gan as a cel­e­bra­tion of Mi’kmaq con­tri­bu­tions to the game of hockey dur­ing the pro­vin­cial Her­itage Day cel­e­bra­tion in 2017.

The in­au­gu­ral game brought a Nova Sco­tia chief and coun­cil team to play against pro­vin­cial and fed­eral gov­ern­ment coun­ter­parts in an ex­hi­bi­tion game based on rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.

The event will be hosted by Treaty Ed­u­ca­tion Nova Sco­tia in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Mi’kmaw Kina’ mat­newey and the prov­ince.

“It’s im­por­tant for all Nova Sco­tians to cel­e­brate di­ver­sity in hockey and the Mi’kmaq con­tri­bu­tion to the great game that it is to­day,” said Jamie Bat­tiste, leader of Treaty Ed­u­ca­tion Nova Sco­tia.

Eska­soni was cho­sen to host the game this year af­ter mak­ing his­tory by be­ing awarded a Nova Sco­tia Ju­nior Hockey League fran­chise ear­lier this year.

The event will be part of a full evening of hockey, where the Bury the Hatchet game will be fea­tured be­fore the Eska­soni Ju­nior Ea­gles’ game against the Pic­tou County Sco­tians at 7 p.m.

“We are pleased to host a hockey game that fo­cuses on rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and aware­ness of the proud his­tory of the Mi’kmaq and the game of hockey,” said Eska­soni First Na­tion Chief Leroy Denny.

“Eska­soni is very proud to be the first ju­nior ‘B’ fran­chise awarded to a First Na­tions com­mu­nity in At­lantic Canada.”

This year’s theme for the game, be­sides fo­cus­ing on Mi’kmaq con­tri­bu­tions to hockey, will be pro­mot­ing di­ver­sity in hockey and build­ing off Mill­brook First Na­tion Chief Bob Gloade’s mes­sage “Racism in hockey — it’s not OK.”

The Bury the Hatchet game will be­gin at 5 p.m. There will be no en­trance fee for the game.

Tara Sloan, Juno nom­i­nated singer and co-host of Rogers Home­town Hockey, will also be on hand for the event as well.

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