Mi’kmaw History & Culture

Mi'kmaq History & Culture

Mi'kmaq History Month 2020: A Virtual Celebration

Enjoy this collection of videos, created and compiled by community, that celebrate the rich cultural traditions and history of the Mi’kmaw.

Todd and Melissa Labrador: Mi’kmaw Petroglyphs

Todd and Melissa Labrador reflect on their connection to the land as they learn from the messages left by their ancestors.

Ursula Johnson: Mi’kmaw Hieroglyphs

Ursula Johnson finds a deeper truth in the written language of her people, taught to her by her great-grandfather.

Judy Bernard Googoo: Mi’kmaq Community Gardener

Judy’s efforts at building a garden in Wagmatacook to provide healthier food for her community echo the Mi’kmaq tradition of Netukulimk.

Doreen Bernard: Water is Life

Mi'kmaq elder Doreen Bernard speaks of the importance of water as nourishment, protection, and life for all.

Video: The Lost Teachings Puppet Show

Enjoy a virtual puppet show based on the children's book, The Lost Teachings / Panuijkatasikl Kina’masuti’l, by Michael James Isaac.

Mi'kmaq History Month 2020 Poster Design

Inspired by Mi’kmaq stories and folklore, artist and illustrator Gerald Gloade shares his design process for Mi'kmaq History Month posters.

Wi’kipatmu’k Mi’kmawey

Celebrate and honour Mi'kmaq History Month with these books for little ones in both English and Míkmawísimk.

Treaty Day 2020: A Virtual Celebration

Treaties honour the enduring bond of friendship and respect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Nova Scotia.

Cheryl Copage-Gehue Reads from Phyllis's Orange Shirt

Orange Shirt Day began when Residential School Survivor, Phyllis Jack Webstad, of the Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nation, shared her story.

Orange Shirt Day: Honouring Residential School Survivors

Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for all to remember and honour Indigenous Residential School Survivors in the spirit of reconciliation.

September 30 is Orange Shirt Day

Explore picture books, young adult fiction, and graphic novels that promote awareness about the impact of Residential Schools.

Secret Path: Chanie Wenjack's Story

Gord Downie began Secret Path as 10 poems incited by the story of 12-year-old Chanie Wenjack's death fleeing a Residential School in 1966.

HSMBC Designation: Shubenacadie Indian Residential School

This short film, featuring Dorene Bernard, honours the history of this site and the importance of this designation.

Magit’s Doll: A Residential School Survivor's Story

Elder Magit Poulette tells We’koqom’a Mi’kmaw School students in Cape Breton about her experience at the Shubenacadie Residential School.

Phyllis Jack Webstad on Orange Shirt Day

Phyllis Jack Webstad, from the community of Stwecem’s Xgat’tem First Nation located in British Colombia shares her story.
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