Happy “German Settler’s Day”!
Updated: Jun 22, 2021
The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg acknowledges that we are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq people.
The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg held a flag-raising event today to celebrate German Settlers Day, which was June 7. In attendance were Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister Suzanne Lohnes-Croft, and community members Denton Conrad, Enid Roehrner, and Richard Roehrner.
German settlers began to arrive in Nova Scotia in 1750 shortly after the founding of Halifax. The industriousness of the German settlers was immediately felt with the development of Lunenburg, the first predominately German-speaking settlement in Canada. Other German immigrants settled around Lunenburg in the Municipality, in communities like New Germany, Rose Bay, amongst others. German names are common in the road names and business names in our communities.
The growth of the German heritage in Nova Scotia was not confined to the eighteenth century but continues to the present day. The mingling of the old and new ensures a vibrancy of German heritage throughout Nova Scotia, enriching the cultural mosaic of our communities, and our province.