Mi'kmaw History Month


Join us on October 18th for Dalhousie's 13th-annual Mawio’mi!

Dalhousie’s is honoured to be hosting the 13th Annual Mawio’mi on Wednesday, October 18, 2023!


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

The Creation of Mi’kmaw 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’kmaw 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 Mii'kmaw 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

If you'd like to learn more about Mi'kmaw Heritage Month please consult our Learning Resources list.  

Mi’kmaw History Month Events

October 1st –31st

October 1st-7th

  • Mi’kmaq History Month Scavenger Hunt (ALL DAY at Halifax Central Library)

October 2nd

  •  Flag Raising Ceremony (Grand parade Square at 10am)
  • Luskinikn Take Away Kit (Sheet Harbour Public Library between 10am-4pm)
  • Film Screening of “Justice Denied” and Panel Discussion (Welden Law Building, Room 105 at 2 pm)  

October 3rd

  • Grand Council Flag Raising
    • Halifax Studley Campus
    • Truro Campus Ampitheater at 3pm

October 4th

  • Pisuwin (Spatz Theatre at 7:30pm)
  • Central Stage Presents: Morgan Toney (Halifax Central Library, Paul O’Regan Hall, Floor 1 between 7:00pm-8:30pm)
  • MMIWG Sisters in Spirit Red Dress Display Lunch & Learn (Multicultural Room, LSC Truro Campus at 11:30am)
  • No More Stolen Sisters March (Meet at Student Union Building on Halifax Campus at 11:00am)

October 5th

  • Beaded Keychains Workshop ( Multicultural Room, SLC at 6pm on Truro Campus)

October 6th

  • Joy of Jigging: A Movement Masterclass with Jeanette Kotowich (Dalhousie Arts Centre, Studio 2 between 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m)

October 10th

  • What it Means to Be A Treaty Person Workshop (Rowe Management Building, Room 3089, between 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m)
    • Join Rachelle McKay at a workshop designed for graduate students and post-docs who want to deepen their understanding of what it means to be a treaty person within the context of their work at Dalhousie.

October 13th

  • Vision Boards (Multicultural Room, SLC at 6pm on Truro Campus)

October 14th

October 16th

  • Mi’kmaq Legends Story-telling Session (Alumni Theatre between 5:30pm-7:00pm)

October 17th

October 18th

  • Dalhousie’s 13th Annual Mawio’mi (Studley Quad between 10am-3:30pm)
    • 11:00am-1:00pm Lunch (while supplies last)
    • 12:00noon Grand Entry
    • 12:30-3:30pm Powwow
  • Lunch & Learn: Mi’kmaq Language (Multicultural Room, SLC, Truro Campus at 11:30am)

October 19th

October 22nd

October 23rd

October 25th

  • Porcupine Quill Dyeing Workshop; This is the second of three porcupine quill workshop in preparation to create quillwork art. If you were unable to attend the first session, you are still welcome to come and participate! (CIMADE Lab, 1649 Brunswick St (Basement of NSCAD Academy Campus) 1–4pm)
  • Mi’kmaq Ecological Calendar Presentation (Alumni Ampitheatre on Truro Campus at 4pm-5:30pm)

October 26th

  • “Tie-dye T-shirts Night (Multicultural Room, SLC at 6pm on Truro Campus)

October 31st

  • Mi’kmaq History Month Feast (Multicultural Room, SLC on Truro Campus at 7:30pm)

This may not be an exhaustive list of community events, please email HRES@dal.ca if you would like an event included on our website.