Mi'kmaq History Month

Mi'kmaq History Month

Mi’kmaq History Month is held every October in Nova Scotia. It is a time to recognize and celebrate Mi’kmaw culture and heritage, beginning with Treaty Day on October 1. Treaty Day commemorates the Treaty of 1752 between the people of Mi’kma’ki and the Crown. This treaty was intended to show the Crown’s intentions to make peace, provide trading posts, and protect the land and way of life for the Mi’kmaw people.

Mi’kmaq History Month 2020 celebrates the important role plants play in the Mi'kmaw culture and livelihood. From harvesting plants for nourishment and healing to the gathering of plants to make art and for use in ceremony, plants are and have always been an essential resource for the Mi'kmaq. This year's poster highlights plants as an integral part of Netukulimk--the Mi'kmaw way of living sustainably by respecting the land, waters, plants, animals and fish.

During October, schools will hold special events to recognize Mi'kmaq History Month month, in addition to learning about and honouring Mi’kmaw culture throughout the year. 

This month and throughout the year, we recognize the contributions of Mi’kmaw people to Nova Scotia and the importance of treaties as both the building blocks of Canada and living documents that affect everyone in Canada today.

For more information on Mi'kmaq History Month, visit http://mikmaqhistorymonth.ca/

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