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 2015 is Wapna’kikewaq, People of the Dawn. This is the International Year of Light. Light comes to us in many ways, as sunlight, moonlight, lightning, Northern Lights, and even, fireflies. Light, and technology that use lights, have special places in the culture of the Mi’kmaq. The meanings and importance of light are reflected in oral histories and traditional knowledge. The Strait Regional School Board encourages students, staff, parents/guardians and community members to share in the celebration of Mi’kmaq History Month 2015 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)