Tuesday, July 10, 2018

How Jeremy Dutcher Keeps His Ancestors' Language Alive

Cousins" keeping their language through music
, at twenty-seven years old, Dutcher released his first full-length album, sung entirely in Wolastoqey. 
Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa was released this April under an independent label so that Dutcher could keep creative control over his work. The eleven tracks feature Dutcher's voice alongside the voices of his ancestors, using Mechling's now digitized recordings. The album is an art project rooted in Dutcher's life and work, but it is also a tool for keeping his nation's language alive, helping it to thrive. Dutcher hasn't made an English translation of the album available yet, though he eventually will, along with a video showing Wolastoqey pronunciations. "This is me having a conversation with my community," he says. His priority is not "to translate [for other people] what I want to say and be concerned about that gaze."

​Wolastoq Honour song (The refrain is so much like the Mi'kmaq version!)


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Mi'kmaq name Skmaqn added to P.E.I. national historic site

he waiting place."


A Mi'kmaq name will be added to the Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst national historic site in P.E.I., recognizing the traditional name for the site and its Indigenous history.The site will be renamed Skmaqn—Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst National Historic Site of Canada, said Minister of the Environment Catherine McKenna.
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Skmaqn, pronounced Ska-MAA-kin, means "the waiting place." It is thought to have its origins in the years 1725 to 1758 when the Mi'kmaq of Epekwitk and French leaders met annually at the site to renew their relationship and military alliance and would have to wait for the French leaders to arrive from Cape Breton, N.S.


Sunday, June 17, 2018

The Best of Both Worlds - Two Eyed Seeing

Bringing Mi'kmaw Knowledge and Western curriculum together

Young people who know who they are and where they come from and who are connected with their Ancestors' language, with Elders, with Ta'ntelo'lti'k / Mi'kmaw Knowledge, and with their community and Nation… find themselves woven into a multi-dimensional network of understandings that will help them find success in their chosen careers. This, in turn, helps to enrich our communities in ways that we can only begin to imagine. Our communities will grow. We all benefit.


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.