Saturday, October 23, 2010

Government of Canada Officially recognizes April 6th as Tartan Day

Tartan Day was first establish in Nova Scotia during the 1980s, and since then has been formally proclaimed in every province in the country.  We can now add the federal government to that list, thanks to the hard work and dedication of many Scots from every province in Canada.

April 6th was chosen as the date to celebrate Tartan Day as it coincides with the day of the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320.

The Federation of Scottish Clans in Nova Scotia lists the dates of official adoption throughout Canada:

  • Nova Scotia - 6 April 1987
  • Ontario - 19 December 1991
  • British Columbia - 25 March 1992
  • Prince Edward Island - 2 April 1992
  • Saskatchewan - 6 April 1992
  • Manitoba - 6 April 1992
  • Alberta - 6 April 1992
  • New Brunswick - 6 April 1993
  • Newfoundland & Labrador - 6 April 1995
  • Qu├ębec - 18 December 2003

Pictures from Cill Chriosd (Kilchrist)

Ardean MacKinnon (Membership Secretary, Clan MacKinnon Atlantic) has graciously shared some of her photos from her 2003 trip to Skye with her husband Don (Past President, Clan MacKinnon of New Brunswick).  They were not able to stay for long as they were part of a larger tour, but they were able to take quite a few lovely pictures of this ancient MacKinnon site.