Strait Regional School Board Celebrates Mi'kmaq History Month 2014

Strait Regional School Board Celebrates Mi'kmaq History Month 2014

Photo excerpt from the Nova Scotia Office of Aboriginal Affairs website

Each October, school communities focus on the history, culture and achievements of the Mi’kmaq community.  This is also an opportune time for each of us to reflect on our own understanding of the contributions and traditions of the Mi’kmaq community.  The theme of Mi’kmaq History Month 2014 is A’tukwen – Communication.  Stories and teachings have been passed on verbally from generation to generation for thousands of years.  Often, storytelling uses impressive mythical characters to teach us about the Mi’kmaq culture, history and world.  The Strait Regional School Board encourages students, staff, parents/guardians and community members to share in the celebration of Mi’kmaq History Month 2014 during the month of October and throughout the year.

Throughout the year, and especially in October, teachers in the Strait Region incorporate a variety of educational approaches and thought-provoking activities in their classroom instruction in an effort to highlight the connection of our past to today and how this information shapes our understanding. In addition, schools organize a number of activities to enhance classroom instruction including guest speakers, site visitations, student research and discussion, performances, sharing of artifacts, to name a few.

There are valuable educational resources on the subject of Mi'kmaq History at our disposal.  There are a number of on-line resources listed below that will provide information and insight into the contributions of people of Mi'kmaq heritage in Nova Scotia, Canada and the world.

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Glooscap Heritage Centre

Mi'kmaq Resource Guide (Nova Scotia Archives)

Mikmaw Kina'matnewey

Mi’kmaq Resource Centre-Cape Breton University

Mi’kmaq Rights Initiative-Kwilmu’kw Maw-Klusuaqn

Native Council of Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Museum

Office of Aboriginal Affairs - Province of Nova Scotia

The Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq

Union of Nova Scotia Indians

Veterans Affairs Canada