Mi'kmaq History Month


Wi’kipatmu’k Mi’kmawey/Honouring of the Mi’kmaw Way

The Creation of Mi’kmaq History Month
In 1993, Premier John Savage and Mi’kmaw Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy declared October as the official month to recognize and celebrate Mi’kmaw culture and heritage. Mi’kmaq History Month is celebrating its 24th-year and invites everyone to join in the celebration of Mi-kmaw culture and heritage.
Each October, community activities, events, sharing and showcasing the Mi’kmaw history take place across Nova Scotia. Everyone is encouraged and welcome to participate in Mi’kmaq History Month events.  

Treaty of 1752
In 1986, the then Grand Chief Donald Marshall Sr. proclaimed every October 1st as Treaty Day. It commemorates the key role of treaties in the relationship between the Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq and the Crown. The annual ceremony reaffirms the historic presence of the Mi’kmaw who have occupied the land for thousands of years. The Mi’kmaq Nation and the crown also exchange gifts to mark each October 1st. By celebrating Treaty Day, we are giving thanks to the Mi’kmaw and the Crown for signing treaties of peace and friendship. People continue to gather in Halifax, and their home communities, on October 1st to participate and enjoy various cultural events in celebration of Treaty Day. It is a reunion for many Mi’kmaq and a time for people to learn a part of Nova Scotia’s 12,000 year-old history.

Source: www.mikmaqhistorymonth.ca

For events taking place in the community, visit www.mikmaqhistorymonth.ca/events/

Community Events: K'jipuktuk & Surrounding Area

September 13th until October 13th - Make a Dream Catcher

September 13 @ 10:30 am - October 13 @ 11:30 am

Pictou Public Library (40 Water Street, 2nd floor) Pictou, B0K 1H0


October is Mi’kmaq Heritage Month. All welcome to drop by and join us as we celebrate together, and learn how to make a Dream Catcher. For more information, please contact the Pictou Library, (902) 485-5021.

For more information: http://mikmaqhistorymonth.ca/event/make-a-dream-catcher/

*Please note: This event is not affiliated with Dalhousie University.

Sunday, September 30th - SALE ALONG the River

Rotary/Carmichael Parks (536 Merigomish Road, New Glasgow)

10:00am-4:00pm

Come join us next Sunday for Sale Along the River, where there will be vendors, live demonstrations, interaction, food, musicians, with special performances by Pictou Landing First Nations. Free admission!

Pictou Landing First Nations will be presenting a variety of performances…….a water ceremony, face painting, drummers and dancers! There will also be free luskinini………what’s that? Come find out…….you’ll love it!!

For more information: http://mikmaqhistorymonth.ca/event/sale-along-the-river/

*Please note: This event is not affiliated with Dalhousie University.

Sunday, September 30th- UNSI 47th General Assembly

Lord Nelson Hotel (1515 South Park St, Halifax)

2:00 pm

 

For more information: http://mikmaqhistorymonth.ca/event/2018-cultural-showcase-and-treaty-day-events/

 

*Please note: This event is not affiliated with Dalhousie University.

Sunday, September 30th- Cultural Showcase

Cultural Showcase featuring The Relatives, Terry
Googoo & Silver Moon

Lord Nelson Hotel (1515 South Park St)

7:30pm

For more information: http://mikmaqhistorymonth.ca/event/2018-cultural-showcase-and-treaty-day-events/

*Please note: This event is not affiliated with Dalhousie University.

October 1st until 19th - Hooked on Mi’kmaq Art

Millbrook Cultural Centre

October 1st- October 19th, 2018

Opening Reception- Oct 2nd from 7pm-9pm

Featuring hooked mats and wall hangings.

Fibre art representations of the works of Millbrook Artists Gerald Gloade, Alan Syliboy and Lorne Julien.

For more information: http://mikmaqhistorymonth.ca/event/hooked-on-mikmaq-art/

 

*Please note: This event is not affiliated with Dalhousie University.

 

Monday, October 1st - Flag Raising Ceremony

Government House (1451 Barrington Street, Halifax)

8:30am

For more information: http://mikmaqhistorymonth.ca/event/2018-cultural-showcase-and-treaty-day-events/

*Please note: This event is not affiliated with Dalhousie University.

*Please note: This event is not affiliated with Dalhousie University.
*Please note: This event is not affiliated with Dalhousie University.
*Please note: This event is not affiliated with Dalhousie University.

Monday, October 1st - Treaty Day church services

St Mary’s Catherdral Basilica (5221 Spring Garden Rd Halifax)

9:30am

*Please note: This event is not affiliated with Dalhousie University.

Monday, October 1st - Veterans Parade of Honour

Veterans Parade of Honour to Grand Parade Square

10:45am

For more information: http://mikmaqhistorymonth.ca/event/2018-cultural-showcase-and-treaty-day-events/

*Please note: This event is not affiliated with Dalhousie University.

Monday, October 1st - Flag Raising Ceremony (Grand Parade Square)

Welcome – Mayor Mike Savage, HRM
Veterans Address – Dr. Donald Julien, CMM\

11:15am

 

For more information: http://mikmaqhistorymonth.ca/event/2018-cultural-showcase-and-treaty-day-events/

*Please note: This event is not affiliated with Dalhousie University.

Monday, October 1st - 2018 Treaty Day Award Ceremony

Marriott Harbourfront Hotel, Nova Scotia Ballroom, (1919 Upper Water St, Halifax)

11:45am

Mi’kmaq Gathering Feast

Opening and Welcome Remarks

Introduction of Mi’kmaq History Month Poster

Presentations and Rewards:

Chief Noel Doucette Memorial Youth Award
Grand Chief Donald Marshall Memorial Elder Award
Grand Chief Donald Marshall Scholarship
Fund Award – Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey
Sister Dorothy Moore Mi’kmaq Education Scholarships –
Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey

Dancers & Drummers welcome to participate in All Treaty Day celebrations

For more information contact: Deborah Ginnish at (902) 565-8176, deborah@mikmaq-assoc.ca, Facebook: Facebook.com/MikmaqTreatyDay
Vendors welcome, for more information please contact Deborah Ginnish

*Please note: This event is not affiliated with Dalhousie University.

October 1st until October 4th - Gord Downie Chanie Wenjack Legacy Room

Sneak Peak: October 1st, 2018 10:00 AM- Noon
Official Opening: October 4th, 2018


Halifax Regional Council has created a dedicate space in Halifax City Hall. This project is done in collaboration with Gord Downie Chanie Wenjack Fund. The Legacy Space in City Hall will provide information about Channie Wenjack and reconciliation for staff and visitors. We are committed to having accurate information available to all, regarding Indigenous History on our journey to reconciliation. The space will be safe, welcoming place where conversations about the past, present and future will be facilitated and encouraged. The space will serve as a symbol and reminder for Halifax Regional Council of the important work around reconciliation.

For more information: http://mikmaqhistorymonth.ca/event/gord-downie-chanie-wenjack-legacy-room/

*Please note: This event is not affiliated with Dalhousie University.

Wednesday, October 3rd - Celebrating Mi’kmaq Heritage Month, a Community Cafe with Tonya Francis

2:30pm-3:30pm

Join us as this month, with special guest, Tonya Francis as we celebrate Mi’kmaq Heritage Month together. Experience Mi’kmaq history and culture which honors their rich tradition, values and way of life. Tea, coffee and light snacks will be served, for more information or for speaker suggestions call (902) 396-5022. All are welcome!

For more information: http://mikmaqhistorymonth.ca/event/celebrating-mikmaq-heritage-month-a-community-cafe-with-tonya-francis/

*Please note: This event is not affiliated with Dalhousie University.

Thursday, October 4th - Sisters In Spirit Gathering

Everyone is welcome to join the Sisters in Spirit Gathering in honour of Missing and Murdered Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit folks. 

12:00pm - Meeting at the commons (Indigenous Circle with the tile artwork)

12:15pm - Opening prayer & smudging

12:30pm - Proceed to Mi'kmaw Friendship Centre

1:00pm - Gather for moment of silence (lighting of candles, spoken word, speakers). Refreshments will be provided.

Please bring your own drum & banners if you have them

For more information please contact Denise at 902-420-1576

Wednesday, October 10th - Puppet Show: Ta’n Petalu Telui’tut Skite’kmujewe

Ta’n Petalu Telui’tut Skite’kmujewe/How the Cougar Came to Be Called the Ghost Cat

Based on the book by Michael James Isaac, this puppet show tells the story of Ajig, a young cougar who agrees to stop behaving like a cougar, so the other animals will accept him. But, there is a price to pay for sacrificing part of his nature.

10am-10:30am

Registration is required. To register, call (902) 490-5748.

This is an all ages event. Tickets will be given out 30 minutes before start time.

For more information: http://mikmaqhistorymonth.ca/event/puppet-show-how-the-cougar-came-to-be-called-the-ghost-cat-tan-petalu-teluitut-skitekmujewe/

*Please note: This event is not affiliated with Dalhousie University.

Wednesday, October 10th - Puppet Show: The Storm Maker

A clever fisherman must outsmart the Storm Maker, who makes the ocean rough, and scares the fish away with the flap of his great big wings.

Join us as we celebrate Mi’kmaq History month by sharing this exciting traditional tale.

This is an all ages event.

10:30am-11:00am

For more information: http://mikmaqhistorymonth.ca/event/puppet-show-the-storm-maker/

*Please note: This event is not affiliated with Dalhousie University.

Wednesday, October 10th - Pjilita’q Mi’kmaki: L’nuite’tmukl tan wejkuwaql naqwe’kl

Pjilita’q Mi’kmaki: L’nuite’tmukl tan wejkuwaql naqwe’kl | International Gathering: Respect for Water/Life For All Relations

ACC-CCA Executive Director, Clayton Windatt, will lead welcoming statements and facilitated discussions outlining four days of Indigenous art actions and activations throughout the city.

Presentations will include consideration to undoing or living and working beyond colonial borders and enforced diasporas from home territories and the restorative work of community-building that we enact in diverse ecologies are all intimately linked by water/life-sustaining practices.

Halifax Central Library (5440 Spring Garden Road)

6:30pm-8:30pm

For more information: http://mikmaqhistorymonth.ca/event/pjilitaq-mikmaki-lnuitetmukl-tan-wejkuwaql-naqwekl-international-gathering-respect-for-water-life-for-all-relations/

*Please note: This event is not affiliated with Dalhousie University.

 

Thursday, October 11th - Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Legacy Space

The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Legacy Space will be officially launched at Dalhousie’s Killam Memorial Library (6225 University Ave.) from 9:30am-10:30am.

Legacy Spaces are dedicated to providing accurate information regarding Indigenous history and our journey of reconciliation. All members of our community are welcome and encouraged to attend the opening of this special space. 

Thursday, October 11th - The Ninth Annual Mawio'mi

The ninth annual Mawio’mi will be hosted on Studley Quad (or in the case of rain, the McInnes Room in the Student Union Building) beginning at 11:00 a.m.

We hope you will join this great celebration of culture, diversity and heritage, which includes a feast as well as Indigenous drummers and dancers.