Acadia First Nations and Keji team up for new interpretive program

Published on June 18, 2014

Acadia First Nation, partnering with Parks Canada, is launching Connect with Mi’kmaw Culture at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site on National Aboriginal Day, on June 21. Starting at 3 p.m., there will be music, celebrations and a sneak peek at the program.

“Parks Canada is very excited to be a part of Connect with Mi’kmaw Culture experience with Acadia First Nation. As the only national park in Canada which is also a national historic site, it is very important to work with our First Nations partners to create opportunities for visitors to experience the national historic site part of Kejimkujik which is the Mi’kmaw cultural landscape,” says Éric Le Bel, Superintendent, Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, Parks Canada.

Connect with Mi’kmaw Culture is a two-hour adventure which will explore cultural landscapes, natural wonders, and archeological discoveries creating a powerful story of the Mi’kmaq people in Nova Scotia. The journey will include storytelling, song, crafts and a campfire with sampling of traditional bread and blueberry tea.

The program will continue throughout the summer as well.

Connect with Mi’kmaw Culture will be presented by Mi’kmaw elders and students at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, Fridays at 2 p.m. starting on July 4 and continuing until September 19.

This will allow visitors to experience a journey through 10,000 years of the Mi’kmaq people’s history through a variety of ways.

- elders and storytellers sharing ancient artifacts illuminating their ancestors’ way of life on this land thousands of years ago;

- a guided walk to discover how the Mi’kmaq’s intimate knowledge of this land allowed them to thrive using food sources found in Kejimkujik. Through song and drumming, visitors will discover the language and the legends which helped to preserve and share the culture and the history of the Mi’kmaq through generations;

- crafting a friendship brooch, with leather and beads to create a keepsake, and discovering how the Mi’kmaq used the resources available to them in this landscape for their day-to-day needs;

- roasting lu’sknikn, a traditional bread, over an open campfire while sipping on blueberry tea, and discovering why the Mi’kmaq called Kejimkujik home for thousands of years.

“This is the first time that Acadia First Nation has taken on the challenge of presenting a regularly offered interpretative program like Connect with Mi’kmaw Culture at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site," says Judy Boutilier, Cultural Officer, Acadia First Nation.

"Parks Canada and Nova Scotia Tourism Agency have been invaluable partners with us bringing all the elements together and we are looking forward to having visitors learn about our 10,000 year history; moreover, this has provided opportunities for our elders to mentor our youth in traditional ways in order to present this program, which is so important in keeping our culture alive today.”