Strait Regional School Board Celebrates Mi'kmaq History Month 2017

Each October, and throughout the year, 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 2017 is Innovations and Legacies

The following is an excerpt from the provincial Mi’kmaq History Month 2017 poster:

The Mi’kmaq have lived in Mi’kma’ki for thousands of years.  The knowledge that grew up over these many generations resulted in a sophisticated relationship with our homeland.  The seasons, cycles, animals and plants of Mi’kma’ki are at the core of our culture and language. This year, we recognize some of these cultural innovations and celebrate legacies that continue to enrich our life today.

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 student research and discussion, visitations, performances, guest speakers, sharing of artifacts, to name a few.

As part of the School Board’s celebrations, the Regular Monthly Meeting of the Board scheduled for Wednesday, October 4, 2017, will be held at Whycocomagh Education Centre, 50 Norman McLeod Road, Whycocomagh, 7:00 p.m.

The Strait Regional School Board encourages students, staff, parents/guardians and community and education partners to share in the celebration of Mi’kmaq History Month 2017.

There are a number of valuable educational on-line resources included 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

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

Library and Archives Canada

Mi'gmaq/Mi’kmaq Online Talking Dictionary Project

Mi’kmaq History Month

Mi’kmaq Resource Centre-Cape Breton University

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

Mi’kmaq Services: Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

Mi’kmawey Debert Cultural Centre

New Journeys

Office of Aboriginal Affairs - Province of Nova Scotia

Tepi’ketuek Mi’kmaw Archives

The Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq

Union of Nova Scotia Indians

Veterans Affairs Canada