‘You can feel the spirit’

Glooscap First Na­tion re­ceives Lieu­tenant Gover­nor’s Com­mu­nity Spirit Award

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In­side the newly-minted com­mu­nity cen­tre, Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc pre­sented the Glooscap First Na­tion with the Lieu­tenant Gover­nor’s Com­mu­nity Spirit Award.

The cer­e­mony in­cluded tra­di­tional danc­ing, drum­ming and song. Smiles were also easy to find.

Glooscap Chief Sid­ney Peters said he was re­ally ex­cited for the com­mu­nity af­ter re­ceiv­ing the award.

“It’s all about the com­mu­nity and com­mu­nity in­volve­ment,” Peters said.

“We’re all mov­ing to­gether as one,” he said on Oct. 18.

“You can feel the spirit to­day; it’s just amaz­ing.”

Peters ref­er­enced a lot of the hard work the com­mu­nity has put in and some of the re­cent de­vel­op­ments and projects, in­clud­ing Glooscap Land­ing and the new com­mu­nity cen­tre, where the cer­e­mony took place.

“We still have lots to work on, and we’ll con­tinue to do that,” he said. “We want to en­sure in the fu­ture that we can be self-sus­tain­ing, and we want to con­tinue to make good busi­ness de­ci­sions.”

Com­mu­ni­ties, Cul­ture and Her­itage Min­is­ter Leo Glavine, whose depart­ment se­lects the re­cip­i­ents, said many com­mu­ni­ties ap­ply for the award, but only a few are se­lected each year to re­ceive the hon­our.

“The idea is to rec­og­nize com­mu­ni­ties that carry out spe­cial events and pro­grams that strengthen their com­mu­nity,” Glavine said. “When we look at Glooscap First Na­tion, there’s no ques­tion that over the last four, five years, we’ve re­ally seen strong de­vel­op­ment here, great lead­er­ship, and a com­mu­nity grow­ing.”

Glavine said the com­mu­nity is also sup­port­ing cul­tural and so­cial pro­grams that im­pact qual­ity of life.

To date, 109 com­mu­ni­ties have ap­plied for the award and 39 have re­ceived it.

COLIN CHISHOLM

Grass dancers in tra­di­tional dress mark the oc­ca­sion in the new Glooscap Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

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