October marks the 20th anniversary of Mi’kmaq History Month in Nova Scotia. In 1993, Premier John Savage and Mi’kmaw Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy declared October as the official month to recognize and celebrate Mi’kmaq culture and heritage. To commemorate the milestone, a website was created to promote awareness, share information, and highlight culturally-related events taking place during Mi’kmaq History Month.
“Mikmaqhistorymonth.comwill officially launch Thursday, Sept. 26, and will provide an avenue for site visitors to add events, share stories, collaborate and showcase Mi’kmaw culture and history, said Chief Wilbert Marshall, Assembly Lead Chief for Culture, Heritage and Archaeology in a media release. “It is important that everyone feels included and welcomed to our events. Mi’kmaq History Month is not only a celebration of our history and culture, but also an opportunity for everyone to learn more about Nova Scotia’s first people.”
“We are thrilled to launch the Mi’kmaq History Month website, it is our goal to ensure that our communities, the people of Nova Scotia and any visitors to our region, know about our history and culture,” said Deborah Ginnish of the Mi’kmaq Association for Cultural Studies, “We invite everyone to visit mikmaqhistorymonth.com and join us as we celebrate throughout October.”
Communities, businesses, organizations and schools are asked to share Mi’kmaw related events, stories, photos, creations, or musical contributions.