City of Fredericton, St. Mary’s First Nation, Province join to celebrate the end of COVID-19 restrictions

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Fredericton Mayor Kate Rogers and Saint Mary’s First Nation Chief Alan Polchies, joined by Provincial ministers Jill Green and Dominic Cardy, look forward to welcoming the New Brunswick Day celebrations to the capital city on Monday, August 2nd. Along with MLA David Coon, they will kick off the events with a welcome ceremony at noon on the Green between the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and the Bill Thorpe Walking Bridge.

Fredericton and Saint Mary’s will host events across the community from 10 AM to 10 PM, celebrating how New Brunswickers led the world in the fight against COVID-19, while the Province will host an official ceremony of remembrance and celebration at the Legislature at three o’clock.

Chief Polchies summed up the spirit of the event, saying, “As the original peoples on this land we have nurtured the beautiful Wolastoq river that ebbs and flows with life and change.  This year, we honour and respect the courage of our people and the people of New Brunswick who are embracing and accepting the truth of the First People’s journey.  Let us come together and spend this day reflecting on an appreciation for all creation.”

“We are thrilled that New Brunswick Day will be celebrated right here in the Capital” said Fredericton Mayor Kate Rogers. “As we move into the green level of the COVID-19 recovery phase, I know that people are looking to get out and connect with one another.  Fredericton is a culturally rich and diverse community. We are delighted to be collaborating with St. Mary’s First Nation and our Provincial partners to showcase our city on NB Day 2021 and to thank all those who have done so much to get us to this stage of recovery.”

Fredericton North MLA Jill Green said, “The COVID pandemic has allowed New Brunswickers to understand that we have a lot of unexpected heroes within our communities.  Young people stepped up to serve the public, taxi drivers and delivery people made sure people could stay home and safe. Our public employees took on any job that was required, to keep us safe and secure.  I am thrilled we can celebrate our move to Green on NB Day together, as a community and as a province.”

Fredericton West-Hanwell MLA Dominic Cardy said, “Monday is a day for New Brunswickers to celebrate our collective achievement. Minister Green and I have been so happy to work with Chief Polchies, Mayor Rogers, and their teams to make this day a reality; cooperation across traditional divides has marked our response to COVID-19, and I am 100% sure that it’s why we have done so well, as a province. New Brunswick Day shows we are still working together, and we will keep working together.”