Pjila’si means “welcome” or “come in and sit down” in Mi’kmaq, and like all First Nations communities on Cape Breton Island, Wagmatcook has always been a very welcoming one. We’koqma’qewiskwa, pronounced “Way go mah oo eez kwah”, (The Women of We’koqma’q), is a hand-drumming group formed almost 20 years ago to bring back traditional Mi’kmaq songs. The group has become an integral part of life in their community, singing and drumming for events from graduations and funerals to walks honouring residential school survivors and those who did not come home, and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The group has performed at the Deep Roots Music Festival (Wolfville, NS), the Stephen Lewis Foundation Grandmothers Gathering (Toronto, ON), and the annual Broad Cove Scottish Concert. We welcome We’koqma’qewiskwa to their first Celtic Colours, as they welcome everyone to Wagmatcook for this evening also featuring Cape Breton fiddle and piano duo Shelly Campbell and Allan Dewar, and singer, songwriter, and guitar-player Kris Drever, joining us from Scotland.