Mi'kmaq History Month

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Join us on the Studley Quad for Dal's 12th-annual Mawio’mi!

Dalhousie’s is honoured to be hosting the 12th Annual Mawio’mi on Wednesday, October 5, 2022!


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


Events taking place at Dalhousie University and within the community:

Sept. 30 - National Day for Truth and Reconcillation

  • 6:00 am – 6:00 pm - The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF) will partner once again with major media outlets and radio stations throughout Canada on A DAY TO LISTEN 2022. https://downiewenjack.ca/a-day-to-listen/
  • 10:00 am - Join Mayor Mike Savage for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Flag Raising and Proclamation reading. Halifax City Hall, 1841 Argyle St.
  • 10:00 am - DFA Public Speaker Series: Reconcili-ACTION in Research: Is the Academy Headed in the Right Direction? Dr. Debbie Martin will speak via zoom. https://wearedal.ca/public-events
  • 11:00 am - Alan Syliboy & the Thundermakers, with Special Guest Morgan Toney. Millbrook Powwow Grounds
  • 2:00pm - Panel Discussion: Indigenous Perspectives on the Pope’s Apology (register online) https://downiewenjack.ca/events/national-day-for-truth-and-reconciliation/
  • 2:00pm - Book Launch: We Were Not the Savages, 4th Edition. KTS room, New Academic Building, University of King's College. https://ukings.ca/events/book-launch-we-were-not-the-savages-4th-edition/
  • 7:00 pm - Premier of Mi’kmaq History Month Lightshow, taking place every night throughout October. Old Halifax Memorial Library, 5381 Spring Garden Road
  • City Hall illuminated in orange - Sept. 30 & Oct. 1 , Halifax City Hall, 1841 Argyle St.

Oct. 2

Saint Mary's University Mawio'mi

Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Homburg Gym, SMU

Join SMU for Wikewiku's (October) Mawio'mi to celebrate Treaty Day! Everyone is welcome, and we encourage you to wear orange for residential school survivors, victims, and their descendants. Please keep in mind this is a drug and alcohol-free event as it is a sacred gathering. Students, faculty, and alumni are welcome to wear their regalia and join us on the dance arena when instructed by the Master of Ceremonies, Aaron Prosper.


Oct. 3 – Treaty Day Events

  • 8:30 am - Flag raising ceremony hosted by The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc-grounds at Government House. 1451 Barrington Street, Halifax
  • 9:30 am - Church service at St. Mary's Basilica, 5221 Spring Garden Road, Halifax
  • 10:45 am - Gathering in front St. Mary's for Veterans Parade of Honour
  • 11:00 am - Veterans Parade of Honour- along Barrington Street to Grand Parade Square, 1360 Barrington Street, Halifax
  • 11:30 am - Flag raising and Treaty Day Proclamation by HRM Deputy Mayor Lovelace


Oct. 5 - Dalhousie’s 12th Annual Mawio’mi

10:00am Vendors Open
11:00am-1:00pm Lunch (while supplies last)
12:00noon Grand Entry
12:30-3:30pm Powwow

The Dalhousie Mawio’mi started by a group of Indigenous students wanting to connect and share their culture within the Dalhousie space. Today, the Indigenous Student Centre manages the organization of it with the help of community, students and staff. Each year the big drum, dancers, vendors, and other performers gather to celebrate and share culture on the Studley Quad (McInnes Room Rain Location). This is the largest Indigenous event on campus, with opportunity to meet Mi’kmaq and other Indigenous attendees, take part in culture, purchase from unique vendors and enjoy lunch.  

Oct. 6

Poppy Pin Beading Workshop

Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ADT

Location: Ko’jua Okuom, 1st floor, Killam Memorial Library


Learn how to bead a poppy pin in time for Remembrance Day. This two-part workshop will be led by Michelle McDonald, a beader originally from Sipekne’katik who is an Instructional Support Technician with the Dalhousie Libraries.

What to know in advance:
1. Registration is required: https://dal.libcal.com/event/3693753
2. All materials will be supplied. There is no cost to attend.
3. Only sign up if you can attend BOTH sessions of the workshop in person in the Ko’jua Okuom in the Killam Memorial Library (Oct. 6 AND 13 from 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.).
4. Beginners are welcome. It is helpful if you have sewing or embroidery experience, but it is not required.
5. Due to the small size of the beads, you may find it helpful to bring a pair of magnifying glasses, etc.


Oct. 7

Moving in Mi’kma’ki

Time: 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ADT

Location: Studio 2 Dalhousie Arts Centre - 6101 University Avenue

Cost: Free and open to the public. Masks mandatory.


“Moving in Mi’kma’ki" invites you, a mover, artist, dancer, and person who wants to learn about the land we live from in Mi’kma’ki. The Mi’kmaq language, elder relation teachings, and Indigenous based movement will be an integral component of our welcoming learning space for ALL.

Dancer & Artistic Director of Samqwan, Sarah Prosper is a 22 year-old L’nu woman, from Mi’kmaq First Nation community Eskasoni (Wekwistoqnik ~ land of the firtrees). Sarah holds a B.Sc in Therapeutic Recreation and is ADAPT Certified.


Oct. 21

Film Screening: Is the Crown at War with us?

Time: 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Sobey 255
Cost: Free

Join Saint Mary's University for a free screening and discussion of Alanis Obomsawin’s film, Is the Crown at War with Us?, documenting the 2000 Mi’kmaw fishery crisis in Burnt Church, NB



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.