The Mi’kmaq First Nations group is native to Canada’s Atlantic provinces. Cardinal Ouellet, the Primate of Canada and newly appointed Prefect to the Congregation of Bishops traveled to Chapel Island to help the Mi’kmaq celebrate the occasion. Chapel Island is located in Nova Scotia, on the southwest corner of the Bras d’or Lakes.
The Cardinal said he was honoured to help the Mi’kmaq celebrate. He called it a moment of friendship and reconciliation between the First Nations and the Canadian population. During his time there, Cardinal Ouellet celebrated Mass for 4,000 people and met with the Mi’kmaq Grand Council.
A member of the Mi’kmaq Grand Council said that Catholics around the world can learn from the Mi’kmaq’s long tradition of hospitality and acceptance.