April 19, 2017 – The Town of Annapolis Royal and Bear River First Nation are pleased to announce their partnership in relation to a waterfront amphitheater project in Annapolis Royal.

Bear River First Nation is pleased to be participating in this project with Annapolis Royal. Chief Carol Potter and her Council feel that the amphitheater “will be a site where the Mi’kmaq can mark and celebrate their culture and history, and where the Town of Annapolis Royal and Bear River First Nation can renew the historic bond of friendship established in 1605, in a partnership of shared space and mutual benefit”.

The amphitheater will showcase the waterfront of Annapolis Royal as a place of first contact, with design elements and enhancements that highlight Mi’kmaw culture that will include Elder Benches, symbols and carvings, monuments and interpretive panels.

“The amphitheater project has provided the opportunity for our two communities to join together in the spirit of a shared history to create a model of cooperation and partnership, that it is hoped will inspire other municipalities and Mi’kmaw communities to do the same,” Annapolis Royal’s Mayor Bill MacDonald said.

The amphitheater is envisioned as a physical symbol of the friendship forged between the Town of Annapolis Royal and Bear River First Nation – and a commitment to work together for the mutual benefit of their communities.

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