Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Magit's Doll

​Rag dolls in residential school​

Elder Magit Poulette shares a story with students at the We'koqom'a Mi'kmaw School in Cape Breton about her experience at the Shubenacadie Residential School. When she arrived at age four her doll was taken away from her so she created dolls from her cleaning rags. As an adult Magit searched for a doll that reminded her of the doll that was stolen from her. Magit tells her story and teaches students how she made her rag dolls.


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Learn Mi'gmaq Online

 developed by the Mi'gmaq Partnership

This is a website for learning the Mi'gmaq language online. It can be used independently, or to supplement classroom learning.

In each section, you will find units consisting of lessons on related topics. In each lesson, you will learn new vocabulary, practice short dialogs, and do exercises to practice what you have learned so far. You will be able to listen to recordings of different Mi'gmaq speakers so that you can practice listening and speaking in Mi'gmaq above all else.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Seven Levels of Creation

​i'kmaq Cosmology​

In this way, as we look above and within and below, and to all the four directions, we involve these spiritual entities in our ceremonies. And we include the world that we can see, with all the elements of life that we share on the surface of our Mother Earth all around us; and we have one mind in the physical world, and one mind in the spirit world, one foot in the world of our ancestors, and one foot looking to the future. And so in the centre we are communicating with the whole cycle of life in all its aspects, in respect for how life begins, and is all tied together.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Indigenous Resistance in Newfoundland and Labrador


​Walrus Talks National Tour: St John's. 
Alex Noel - from Corner Brook - speaks about "resistance". ​


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Mi'kmaq Matters Podcast

​Podcasting about L'nuk​

A weekly podcast about the Qalipu and our world.
​You can also follow on Twitter @mikmaqmatters)


Friday, February 2, 2018

The joy of finding relatives in print!

"Teach us with culture..."​
Just reading the latest https://www.canoekids.com/
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about the Mi'kmaq of Ktaqamkuk and came across a pic of my Mom's g-granddad, Mattie Mitchell
Wela'lioq for that!


Thursday, February 1, 2018

Mi'kmaq Creation Story


​From the Stephen Augustine collection. 
Narrated in Lnuisi, but overdubbed in English.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

"I Lost my Talk" - Rita Joe

Turning a painful past into poetry

"Rita ​
Joe was a Mi'kmaq woman from Cape Breton and used her writing to teach others about her culture and people. Years after her death, her words are still fighting.
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A newly commissioned show at Ottawa's National Arts Centre has taken one of Joe's poems and re-imagined it as a visual experience.
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Her most poignant piece of work, I Lost My Talk, published in 1978, recounts her years at a residential school in Halifax.
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Rita Joe would publish seven books in total.
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She was awarded the Order of Canada, appointed to the Queen's Privy Council and has been called the Mi'kmaq poet laureate. Her poem I Lost My Talk was also included in Canada's final Truth and Reconciliation Report, addressing the legacy of the residential school system.
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he is called the Gentle Warrior.


Leonard Paul - Mi'kmaw artist

​Art is inspired ​
by ancestors and traditions,
 everything around us

ArtsHalifax.com recently talked with
​Mi'kmaw artist ​
Leonard Paul to catch up with some of his latest projects.
Leonard  considers himself fortunate for being
​from ​
Mi'kmaq First Nation.
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Eskasoni chief promoting Mi’kmaq as an official language in Nova Scotia

 traditional language​

The chief of the largest First Nations community east of Montreal is leading an initiative aimed at gaining official language status for Mi'kmaq in the province of Nova Scotia.
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Eskasoni Chief Leroy Denny said in an interview he has already discussed the idea with Premier Stephen McNeil and members of his cabinet during a meeting the province's chiefs had with them prior to Christmas and they seemed receptive to the concept.
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Denny said he expects to have a meeting this month with Education Minister Zach Churchill. As part of the process, Denny said they intend to review legislation that is in place in other parts of Canada.