SRCE Celebrates Mi'kmaq History Month 2022

SRCE Celebrates Mi'kmaq History Month 2022: Mi’kmaw Beadwork and the Art of Beading
Posted on 09/29/2022
Mi'kmaq History Month poster

October 1 is Treaty Day and marks the beginning of Mi’kmaq History Month in Nova Scotia.  Throughout the year, and especially in October, teachers incorporate a variety of educational activities in their classroom instruction to highlight the connection of our past to today and how this information shapes our understanding of our shared history. In addition, schools organize activities to enhance Treaty Education.

Treaty Day and Mi’kmaq History Month is an opportunity for each of us to reflect on our own understanding of the important history, culture, contributions, achievements and traditions of the Mi’kmaq community.

The theme of Mi’kmaq History Month 2022 is Mi’kmaw Beadwork & the Art of Beading. Perfected through process and vision, Mi’kmaw beadwork represents life and creation. Generations of hands, eyes, backs, and fingers have worked for balance in intricate designs and colour palettes. From wampum and bone beads to suspenders and peaked caps to contemporary medallions, beauty emerges from skill and love. Ceremonies have a special place to focus the intentions of artists’ hearts and minds. In kitchens and wikuoml masters have shared their practice with those who were dedicated. In turn, they were asked to share with the next generation.  Agnes ‘Aggie Baby’ Gould told new beaders “share, please share.” We carry that teaching in our hearts as we celebrate this year’s poster.

In the spirit of peace, friendship and reconciliation, the Strait Regional Centre for Education encourages students, staff, parents/guardians, families and community partners to share in the celebration of Mi’kmaq History Month 2022.

We Are All Treaty People. Every Child Matters / E’tasiw mijuaj’jij sespete’tasit.

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.

Treaty Relationship and Education Nova Scotia

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

Mi'gmaq/Mi’kmaq Online Talking Dictionary Project

Mi’kmaq History Month

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 L’nu Affairs - Province of Nova Scotia

Peace and Friendship Treaties

Tepi’ketuek Mi’kmaw Archives

The Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq

Union of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq

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