Collections of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
Elder Noel Knockwood, portrait - first Aboriginal Sergeant-at-Arms
In 2000, the office of Sergeant-at-Arms was advertised for the first time. An all-party committee selected Noel Knockwood, a Korean War veteran, who became the first Aboriginal to hold this office. At the time Premier John Hamm said of Noel Knockwood that “His commitment to his province, his integrity and his respect for others is an example for all Nova Scotians”. Over the years he had greatly contributed to restoring and building the Native spiritual movement in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. On 21 June 2001, National Aboriginal Day, Noel Knockwood performed the sacred prayer at the opening of Aboriginal Veteran’s Memorial in the nation’s capital.
Documents from 2000
Honourable Myra Freeman, portrait - first woman Lieutenant Governor
Debates of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly, Elder Noel Knockwood – welcome and congratulations by members of the Assembly as the first Aboriginal Sergeant-at-Arms
Proclamation, Honourable Myra Freeman - appointment of the first woman Lieutenant Governor