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.


Thursday, December 21, 2017

Student-built wigwam a central piece of Mount Stewart Consolidated

 popular and central place to learn, talk and reflect.

A wigwam at Mount Stewart Consolidated School has become a popular and central place for students to learn, talk and reflect.
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Junior Peter-Paul, of Abegweit First Nation, showed and helped students build the wigwam earlier this fall as part of a Canada 150 project and it's been a central piece to the school grounds ever since.​ ... The area has become a sort of outdoor classroom at times, but it mostly serves as a spot for students to talk and relax.


Monday, December 18, 2017

APTN Show - Wabanaagig

​V show in Mi'kmaw (subtitled in English)​
"WABANAAGIG, Land of the Rising Sun, goes beyond words to encapsulate the strong emotions of the Wabanaki, a people who have emerged from centuries of oppression, occupation of their lands, and obliteration of their languages. Each week the important stories about the past, and the present of this proud people from Eastern Canada are told."

Monday, December 11, 2017

Mi'kmaq artist's work on display in New York City

n exhibition at the Smithsonian and the National Museum of the American Indian

A Newfoundland artist has landed on the world stage, thanks to some photographs in the archives of the Smithsonian Institute in New York City.
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Jordan Bennett is Mi'kmaq, originally from Stephenville Crossing on Newfoundland's west coast, and is multi-disciplinary visual artist.
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Bennett was asked to be part of an exhibition at the Smithsonian and the National Museum of the American Indian, and for part of his research delved into the archives.


Friday, December 8, 2017

Mi'kmaq Study Sets and Flashcards

​Vocab, facts and more​'kmaq/

​se this web app to learn basic vocabulary and some important facts about the Mi'kmaq people.


"Planting the Seed"

 First Nation Orientation Guide

The Planting the Seed project include
the First Nation Orientation Guide that provides information
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about the Mi'kmaq/Maliseet communities throughout the Atlantic Region. The Mi'kmaq Maliseet
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Human Resource Guide make
known the many cultural talents of First Nations and, the Cultural
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Education Pamphlet will be used as tools for creating awareness
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about First Nation Spirituality.

Teachings from the Medicine Wheel

n exploration of culture through stories and language.

The Mi
and Maliseet are the aboriginal peoples of the Maritime region of Canada. This website is an exploration of their culture through their stories and their language.
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​On this site, you will find
 links to five stories read in English, 
 and Maliseet, along with transcriptions in all three tongues. We have also provided excerpts from a conversation with Imelda Perly about native culture, language and spirituality.


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The journey of the Mi'kmaq Honour Song

sweat lodge to the classroom

​From the article: ​

Thanks to
​George ​
Paul, who worked to revive traditional songs and gatherings in the Maritimes,
​the Mi'kmaq honour
 song has become the national anthem of the
, and is now being used to teach elementary school students about Mi'kmaq culture and traditions.


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

A Mi'kmaq seat at the table

How a First Nation came to claim Aboriginal title over a third of New Brunswick

​A fascinating story of Indigenous people staking a claim on their own traditional territory.​

Last November, Elsipogtog filed for Aboriginal title over nearly one-third of New Brunswick — both Crown and private lands — on behalf of all Mi'kmaq in the province.
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Aboriginal title would be the legal recognition that Indigenous peoples in the area have a right to decide what will happen with the land and a right to benefit from it.
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More practically, it would mean a forced seat at the table for the Mi'kmaq when decisions are made about resource development. In the case of the SWN testing, the project would have needed the consent of the Mi'kmaq before going ahead.


Thursday, November 16, 2017

L'nuisi via Wikiversity

Learn some basics about the ​Mi'kmaq language ​via wikiversity
Discover the basics of Mi'kmaq language, understand the different dialects and orthographies used in Mi'kmaq, and ​learn some basic vocabulary in Mi'kmaq. 

Here's a breakdown of the chapters:
Chap. 1 :        Introduction
Chap. 2 :        Dialects
Chap. 3 :        Orthographies and writing systems
Chap. 4 :        Phonology
Chap. 5 :        Grammar
Chap. 6 :        Counting
Chap. 7 :        Basic vocabulary
Chap. 8 :        Greetings