Mi'kmaq History Month Begins!
Throughout the month of October, schools across CCRSB will take extra time to explore the continuing contributions of Mi'kmaq people to the fabric of Nova Scotia's culture, to our past, present and future.
The 2016 Mi'kmaq History Month theme is Reconciliation & Resilience. From the poster description: Reconciliation is a big word that means many things to many people, but for most of us, reconciliation means finding ways of connecting to our past and to expressing who we are. For some people reconciliation is learning how to bead, for others it is speaking everyday in the Mi’kmaw language, and for still others it is recording and sharing the stories of our families. Ceremonies, practices and protocols that were once outlawed are now being shared and embraced. Traditional knowledge is now once again common practice, leading our communities on journeys of healing and reconciliation. Drawing on inspiration from each other, our families, traditional practices, humour and faith, we honour the teachings of our ancestors, passing on their knowledge to future generations.
After centuries of European contact and influence, these journeys of reconciliation grow our resiliency. Together, Mi’kmaw Elders, youth, leaders and educators are working to strengthen our relationships to each other and to our attachments to Mi’kma’ki. In what ways are you connecting with the culture and heritage of your ancestors?
The goal of Mi'kmaq History Month is to help Nova Scotians build awareness of Mi’kmaq history and heritage, and to increase understanding of the province’s rich Mi’kmaq culture. Treaty Day (October 1st) marks the beginning of Mi'kmaq History Month in Nova Scotia as proclaimed in 1993 by then Premier John Savage and Mi’kmaq Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy.
For more information on Mi'kmaq History Month and the Mi'kmaq people:
- Mi'kmaq History Month website
- Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage
- Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq
- Native Council of Nova Scotia