Heritage Day 2016
On February 10, the province's new Heritage Day flag flew for the first time in advance of the Heritage Day 2016 statutory holiday, which will take place on Monday, February 15.
This year Heritage Day marks the contributions of Joseph Howe to freedom of the press and his work for the public good. Mr. Howe, a newspaper owner, premier and lieutenant governor of Nova Scotia, successfully defended himself in 1835 against libel charges in a landmark case for a free press in Nova Scotia.
Tony Ince, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage celebrated the flag raising at Province House with children from Joseph Howe Elementary School in Halifax.
Can I get a volunteer? Minister Ince and students from Joseph Howe Elementary School at the Heritage Day flag-raising event.
The new flag will be a lasting symbol of the holiday that honours the people, places and events that have contributed to this province’s history and culture. The flag was inspired by the illustrations of five Nova Scotia elementary school students and designed by a professional design firm.
"Heritage Day celebrates our collective cultural heritage and the contributions of all Nova Scotians," said Mr. Ince. "It is fitting that we raise the new Heritage Day flag, a new public symbol of the province's collective heritage, in the same year we honour a champion of the public good, Joseph Howe."
The Nova Scotia Museum, in partnership with the Nova Scotia Archives, has also published an online resource for teachers called Joseph Howe, Learning with Objects. The archives has also published a digitized family scrapbook showing Mr. Howe's world.
The Museum of Natural History, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Museum of Industry and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia are all open free of charge on Heritage Day, creating opportunities for families to spend time together learning about Nova Scotia's heritage and culture.
For more information about Heritage Day activities and experiences taking place across the province, visit the Heritage Day website.