Wi’kipatmu’k Mi’kmawey

Honouring of the Mi’kmaw Way

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Everyone is invited to participate in, attend or organize your own cultural events during Mi’kmaq History Month.

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The Mi’kmaq History Month committee is working with Mi’kmaw Filmmaker and Producer April Maloney and her company grassfireproductions.com to provide  a small contribution toward her documentary, Mi’kmaq and the Evolution of Hockey. Through the Mi’kmaw Activities Support program we are proud to share this video.

Her research areas to date focus on the claim of Mi’kmaq being the originators of hockey, including linguistic, archival and oral testimony as well as the contributions of the Micmac Hockey Stick. Reclaiming our history and rewriting the contributions Mi’kmaq have made to Canada and to Canada’s game is what co-producers Cheryl and April Maloney hope the documentary will achieve and hope to launch later this year.





The Mi’kmaw Heritage Hockey Classic–Bury the Hatchet

The intent of the two-game series and feast is to celebrate peace and friendship, and to highlight Mi’kmaw culture. This Heritage Day the hope is that all Nova Scotians will take the opportunity to learn, experience and share Mi’kmaw culture, and to continue the path toward reconciliation. To create enduring relationships, we must accept and prosper from each other’s stories. This is where reconciliation begins.

In the world of hockey, it is well known that Mi’kmaw craftsmanship resulted in some of the best made hockey sticks in history. This year, Nova Scotia Heritage Day will honour Mi’kmaw heritage by celebrating the important accomplishments of the Mi’kmaw community, including its contribution to Canada’s favourite past time, hockey.

The Mi’kmaw community will host a two-game hockey challenge called The Mi’kmaw Heritage Hockey Classic – Bury the Hatchet. The theme, Bury the Hatchet, was selected to honour a ceremony held in 1761 that saw the signing of the Halifax Treaties. The treaty ceremony marked the end of more than 75 years of hostility between the Mi’kmaq and the British, and celebrated the beginning of a peaceful and friendly relationship between the two nations. Mi’kmaw Chiefs and council members will play against a team made up of staff and members of the Nova Scotia government. There is a hope that that the Classic will  continue  for years to come.

Traditional Mid-winter Feast

Following each game, both communities will host a traditional mid-winter feast. This will be an opportunity for players, community members and all Nova Scotians to take part in an important cultural activity.  During the feast, the Mi’kmaw Ancestry Calendar will be launched. The calendar is a new resource made available through Treaty Education and Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey.

GAME 1:  The first hockey game will start at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Membertou Sport and Wellness Centre.  The Mid-winter feast will follow after the game at 6 p.m.  at Membertou Trade and Convention Centre, 50 Maillard St.

GAME 2:  The second hockey game will be held at 10 a.m. on Feb. 20, at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre in Truro.  The Mid-winter feast will follow after the game at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20, at Millbrook Community Hall, 70 Church St.

For more information please visit: https://heritageday.novascotia.ca/content/2017-honouree-mi’kmaq-heritage 

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