Past and Future Honourees

2017   Mi’kmaq Heritage
As part of the celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, we will recognize the Mi’kmaq culture and the many accomplishments of the Mi’kmaq people.

2018   Mona Louise Parsons
As 2018 is the centenary for Enfranchisement of Women in Nova Scotia, we will celebrate Middleton native, Mona Louise Parsons, who was decorated for her acts of heroism during WWII. 

2019   Maud Lewis
A world famous folk artist, Maud Lewis painted scenes that evoke feelings of innocence and child-like exuberance that is as enduring as the spring times she loved to paint. 

2020   Africville
As 2020 will mark the 10th anniversary of the Africville apology, we will honour this National Historic Site, which holds great significance to the African Nova Scotian community.

2021    Edward Francis Arab
Grandson of some of the first Lebanese immigrants to Halifax, Edward Francis Arab graduated from Dalhousie University law school and practiced until he enlisted in the army.

2022   The Landscape of Grand Pré World Heritage Site
To mark the 10th anniversary of the Landscape of Grand Pré becoming a UNESCO World Heritage site, we will celebrate the rich heritage of this landscape which features an exceptional traditional agricultural settlement still in use today and an iconic place of memory for the Acadian diaspora.

2023   Rita Joe

Elder Rita (Bernard) Joe, a member of the We’koqma’q Mi’kmaq Community and published author, was instrumental in paving the way for other Mi’kmaq authors.

2024   William Hall

  • Born in Horton, Nova Scotia
  • 2024 will be the 165th anniversary of Hall receiving the Victoria Cross
  • Son of escaped enslaved parents Jacob and Lucy
  • Joined the Royal Navy at the age of 25 and climbed to rank of Petty Officer First Class
  • First person of African descent and 3rd Canadian to be awarded the Victoria Cross in 1859

2025   Nora Bernard

  • Born in Millbrook
  • 2025 will be 20 years since she testified before Parliament
  • 2025 would have been her 90th Birthday
  • In 1945 she entered the Shubenacadie Residential School
  • She became a tireless advocate for Survivors and in 1995 founded an organization to represent Survivors and in started a class action lawsuit. In 2006 they were awarded $5 billion in damages, mostly due to her testimony.
  • Awarded Order of Nova Scotia 2008 posthumously

2026   Joseph William Comeau

  • Born in Comeauville
  • 2026 will be the 150th anniversary of his birth
  • He represented Digby County in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1907 to 1925 and from 1928 to 1948 as a Liberal member
  • Comeau sat for Clare division in the Senate of Canada from 1948 to 1966
  • Championed sharing of Acadian history and culture

2027   Carrie Best

  • Born in New Glasgow
  • 2027 will be the 80th anniversary of the incorporation of The Clarion
  • human rights activist, author, journalist, publisher and broadcaster
  • 1941 arrested and charged with her son for sitting in the white-only section of the Roseland Theatre
  • Founded The Clarion newspaper which focused on civil rights

To learn more about the process used to determine future Nova Scotia Heritage Day honourees, visit the History of Heritage Day section of this website.