BASSETERRE, St. Kitts –- Cities across Canada celebrated St. Kitts and Nevis’ 35th Independence anniversary on Sept. 19 by raising the Federation’s flag at city halls in Ottawa, Toronto and Halifax.
The capital city of Ottawa in Ontario, the Halifax Regional Municipality and Nova Scotia issued official proclamations to honour St. Kitts and Nevis’ 35th anniversary of Independence and the long-standing relationship between the Federation and Canada.
In the Halifax Regional Municipality, a city whose trade with the Caribbean goes back centuries, Mayor Mike Savage noted the “long history of trade, cooperation and friendship” between our two nations. In presenting a copy of the city’s proclamation to H.E. Sherry Tross, High Commissioner of St. Kitts and Nevis to Canada, during the flag raising ceremony, Mayor Savage also noted the “vibrant community of Canadians” from the St. Kitts and Nevis diaspora who have made major contributions. Nationals and friends also participated in the ceremony.
As part of the recognition of St. Kitts and Nevis, High Commissioner Tross was welcomed to a sitting of the provincial legislature at which The Hon. Tony Ince, Minister of the Public Service Commission introduced a resolution to recognize Sept. 19 as St. Kitts and Nevis Day in the province of Nova Scotia.
The Nova Scotia assembly is the oldest in Canada, having first sat in 1758.