Premier Darrell Dexter today, Sept. 10, welcomed the news that Nova Scotia Week was proclaimed in Scotland. “It is especially fitting in Scotland’s International Year of Homecoming to recognize the strong historic, linguistic, and cultural links Nova Scotia shares with that country,” said Premier Dexter. The province’s links to Scotland go back almost 400 years, to the time of Sir William Alexander, who played an important role in the beginning of European migration to Nova Scotia and is commemorated by a statue in Victoria Park in Halifax. Through Mr. Alexander’s efforts, Nova Scotia’s foundation was laid by Royal Charter on Sept. 10, 1621. Nova Scotia later received its coat of arms and flag. “Nova Scotia and Scotland both have modern and diverse societies,” said Premier Dexter. “Nova Scotia will never forget our unique history with Scotland, including the Gaelic language that is spoken in our province, the music celebrated here, the artifacts and architecture of our past, our strong connection to family and the importance we place on hard work and self-determination.” Nova Scotia Week in Scotland runs from Sept. 9 to Sept. 16.