Com­mit­tee an­nounces 2017 Gold Cup Pa­rade mar­shal

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

The 2017 Gold Cup Pa­rade mar­shal will be Brian Fran­cis, chief of Abeg­weit First Na­tion.

The pa­rade com­mit­tee made the an­nounce­ment this week.

The theme this year is “Canada, Eh!” in cel­e­bra­tion of Canada’s 150th birthday.

Ray Mur­phy, pa­rade chair­man, said he is thrilled to have the in­dige­nous com­mu­nity in­volved in the 2017 pa­rade.

“I am de­lighted and hon­oured to have Chief Brian Fran­cis as our pa­rade mar­shal on this mile­stone year for Canada,” said Mur­phy.

“The First Na­tions peo­ple have been part of this land for cen­turies and hav­ing Chief Fran­cis as part of our cel­e­bra­tion shows the im­por­tant role In­dige­nous peo­ple play and have played in our coun­try.”

“My an­ces­tors have been on this Is­land for over 12,000 years,” said Fran­cis. “Hav­ing an In­dige­nous leader as the mar­shal would never have hap­pened decades or even a few years ago.

“I be­lieve that Canada now has an un­der­stand­ing of ac­knowl­edg­ing the dark parts of our past and is pre­pared to move for­ward in the spirit of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and part­ner­ship.”

Fran­cis will lead the pa­rade through the streets of Charlottetown on Friday, Aug. 18, be­gin­ning at 10 a.m. on North River Road.

Spec­ta­tors are en­cour­aged to wear red and white in sup­port of the theme. For in­for­ma­tion, visit www.gold­cup­pa­rade.ca.

Brian Fran­cis

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