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In early April, a language retreat was held in Kespukwitk to celebrate the completion of the language classes taught by Beverly Jeddore throughout the year. All participants were invited to attend along with any interested community members in the hopes that the group will continue to grow.

 

The entire community was very impressed with how much Mi’kmaw the language learners were able to learn over the course of the year.

During the event, Daniel Paul spoke to the group about his books and shared some of the knowledge he has learned and Jane Meader shared her knowledge on culture and traditions.

 

Each of the participants was presented with the Mi’kmaw verb flash cards with voice support. They also received a USB containing all of the lessons that were covered over the year, including the songs recorded by Beverly Jeddore.

 

Everyone is looking forward to the start of another round of classes!

The annual Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey

Regional Science Fair was held at We’koqma’q Mi’kmaw School on April 11, 2019. There were many amazing projects and all of the students in attendance represented their schools and communities proudly. Judges evaluated for first, second and third in the categories of Grades 3-4, Grades 5-6, Grades 7-9, and Grades 10-12.

    

The judges for the Grades 3-4 category were Janice Basque and Ann Therese Doucette from CBU. Judges for the Grade 5-6 category were Mary Beth Doucette and Karen Foss from CBU. The Grade 7-9 category was judged by Helen Mersereau, Matthias Bierenstiel from CBU, along with Darlene Gillis and Jennifer MacDonald. 

 

Judges for the grade 10-12 category included Russell Wyeth from STFX, Brendan Grue from SMU, Martin Mkandawire and Ken Oake from CBU. They also evaluated the students to choose who will attend the Canada Wide Science Fair (CWSF) and receive scholarships.

 

Scholarships and bursaries were awarded to top placings from St. Mary’s University, Cape Breton University, Dalhousie University, St Francis Xavier University. There was also an award this year called the  Public Health Scholarship which came from from CBU.

Results 2019

 

Category II

(Grade 3-4)

Judges: Janice Basque, Ann Terese Doucette

1st = Magnetic Cereal; Janel and Katalina, Pictou Landing

2nd = Taste the Difference; Jocelyn and Kashawnda, LSK

3rd = Salt Crystals; Kristen and Bryden, Pictou Landing

 

Category III

(Grade 5-6)

Judges: Mary Beth Doucette, Karen Foss

1st = Stressed Out; Camden Maloney, LSK

2nd = The Magnificent Robot; Max Johnson and Bryson Morrison, Potlotek

3rd = How Can Smell Affect Taste; Sophie Mills and Marley Paul, Pictou Landing

 

Category IV

(Grade 7-9)

Judges: Helen Mersereau, Matthias Bierenstiel, Darlene Gillis, Jennifer MacDonald

1st = Responding to my Language; Maria Alex, Eskasoni

2nd = Bacteria, Joy Johnson and Maria Young, Eskasoni

Public Health Scholarship  Joy Johnson and Maria Young CBU $ 500

3rd = Flow State; Chase Denny, Eskasoni

 

Category V

(Grade 10-12)

Judges: Russell Wyeth, Brendan Grue, Martin Mkandawire, Ken Oake

1st = Short Term Memory: Adolescence vs. Adulthood;

Lainee Johnson and Cameron Denny , Eskasoni

Scholarships Lainee Johnson CBU $ 2500 (up to $ 10,000)

Cameron Denny CBU $ 2500 + Dalhousie $ 1500

2nd = Strength of 3D Printed Chains; Ritchie Googoo, We'koqma'q

Scholarship Ritchie Googoo SMU, $ 2000

3rd = Does Colour Improve Memorization; Erin Denny, Eskasoni Scholarships Erin Denny StFXU, $ 2000 + CBU $ 500

The Board of Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey is very pleased to announce the selection of Wyatt White as the next Executive Director. Wyatt will be joining MK as Executive Director on February 11th, 2019.

 

Originally from the Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation in the Kespek District of Mi’kma’ki, Wyatt obtained his Bachelor of Science from Acadia University in 1999 and is currently completing his Master of Education degree from St. Francis Xavier University.

 

Mr. White brings to the position almost 20 years of experience in educational leadership. He has worked in Indigenous Affairs at the municipal, provincial and federal levels. Most recently, Wyatt was the Director of Mi’kmaq Services within the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, working closely with other leaders within the education department, Regional Centres for Education, Mi'kmaw Kina'matneway and other Indigenous educational leaders from across Canada to support and enhance educational programming for Mi’kmaq students across Nova Scotia. 

 

“I am honoured and thrilled to be part of the Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey community” said Wyatt.  “I am so excited to contribute to the legacy of this extraordinary organization who have persevered for almost 20 years and led educational change ever-focused on the needs of Mi’kmaw learners.”

 

Please join us in welcoming Wyatt to Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey.

On January 28th, Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey (MK) celebrated the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Language with an exciting event in We’koqmaq, Nova Scotia.  

A cultural gathering was held at the We’koqma’q Mi’kmaw School that focussed on promoting language through the creative arts. There was drumming and dancing, a feast, and the official screening of Trevor Gould’s short film “Apajismk”. 

 

The event also featured the official launch of the L’nuta’ql Mi’kmaw Music Showcase Album, which is a live album that many have described as the greatest Mi’kmaw concert ever assembled.

 

L’nuta’ql is the largest collection of original songs in the Mi’kmaw language from songwriters across the Atlantic.

“This project was a collective effort by more than a dozen musicians and artists across Mi’kmaki’ to help revitalize the language and create new original music in the Mi’kmaw language,” explained Jaime Battiste, project coordinator and Treaty Education Nova Scotia Lead. “The burden has been on educators and students to revitalize the language and combat the declining number of Mi’kmaq speakers within the Atlantic for too long.”  

The L’nuta’ql live Album is collaborative effort between MK, Music Nova Scotia, Province of Nova Scotia, and FMP Matrix producer Scott Ferguson.  The Album features 20 musical tracks in the Mi’kmaw language and some classic songs re-mastered by FMP Matrix producer Scott Ferguson. The project was meant to create incentive for artists to sing and create songs in the Mi’kmaw language. Long time recording artists and East Coast Music nominees such as Kalolin Johnson, The Relatives, Hubert Francis and many more were part of the live show during Mi’kmaw history month in October 2018. 

 

It was an amazing day that was enjoyed by all! 

 

A 2 minute highlight video of the concert is available on YouTube at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9D_C-pS5_M

 

The 2018 Sport Summit and Awards Banquet was held in Halifax from November 13 - 15. The annual event brings together community sport representatives, coaches, and athletes. During the 3-day event, participants take part in workshops and are provided with information about sporting opportunities across the province. 

 

The highlight of the event is the awards banquet, which took place on November 13th. During this year's banquet, former olympian Andrew Russell was the Keynote speaker and he provided an inspirational speech about how dedication and hard work can take you to places you never imagined. 

Our coaches and athletes of the year were also recognized during the awards banquet. This years recipients are as follows:

 

Male coach of the year - Darren Prosper

Female coach of the year - Angie Gillis

Male athletes of the year - Diego Marshall/Levi Denny

Female athlete of the year - Erin Denny

From November 4 - 6, close to 80 students from across the province attended the 6th annual Trades Fair in Halifax. 

 

The event began on Sunday evening with a banquet for the students. Trades people were in attendance for the banquet and the students were given an opportunity to sit with them and ask questions about their trades.

 

On Monday morning, students were separated into two groups. One group went to the Trades Hall to experience hands-on introduction to several trades. The other group remained at the hotel and took part in a workshop with Skills Canada which required students to work in teams and use their problem solving skills. After lunch, the groups switched so that all students had an opportunity to take part in both workshops.

During the day on Tuesday, students attended the Skilled Futures fair at the Halifax Conventions Centre where they took part in several workshops that focussed on technology and robotics. They also took part in the Try-a-Trades which allowed them to try many trades including everything from cosmetology to automotive painting.  

 

“It was another successful Trades Fair”, said Ann Sylliboy, Post Secondary Consultant. “The students really enjoy this event and as always, we wouldn’t be able to put in an event such as this without the help of our sponsors - Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey, Apprenticeship Nova Scotia, Skills Canada, Nova Scotia Construction Sector Council, and Native Council

Grade 7&8 students from Eskasoni Elementary and Middle School had the amazing opportunity to attend the Tim Hortons Children’s Camp in Tatamagouche to take part in a 4 day Community Leadership Program. 

 

During their stay, the students took part in activities such as climbing walls, low rope and high rope activities, biking, team building games, and goal setting. The students also helped to set the table and clean up after meals. During their stay they also had campfires in the evening and a Halloween dance. 

 

The program is facilitated by the Tim Horton’s Children’s Foundation with chaperones from Eskasoni providing 24/7 supervision for their students. EEMS was invited to take part in the free program which takes in 10 school groups from the maritime provinces during second week of September through to the second week of November. 

 

“We started the planning process to prepare to attend the camp last May”, explained Principal Dawn Stevens. “We had to ensure that we had 80 students who wanted to attend, along with parent and teacher chaperones who were able to commit to the 4 days.” 

 

During the camp, the students plan a community service project that they will work on throughout the year in Eskasoni. Their teachers will help them facilitate when needed but the project will be carried out by the students as a team. In April, the same group of students will return to the camp to reflect on the project and celebrate their accomplishments. 

 

For more information about the Community Leadership Program or for information on how to apply, please contact Melissa at Melissa.gray@thcf.com

Karen Bernard, Allystarr  Gould and Kyla Bernard are the three recipients of this year’s Sister Dorothy Moore Mi’kmaq Education Scholarship.

 

The awards, valued at $1,500 each, were presented during the Treaty Day Celebration on Oct. 1st in Halifax, NS. 

  

As a gesture of reconciliation during the 2011 Truth and Reconciliation event held in Halifax, the Government of Nova Scotia announced the creation of the annual scholarship fund to assist Mi’kmaq persons studying full-time in a recognized teacher certification/education program. 

 

Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey named the scholarship program after Sister Dorothy Moore, an educator and respected elder who has devoted her life to enhancing educational opportunities for Mi’kmaq people.

 

Applicants must submit an essay describing how their education and career goals are linked to Mi’kmaw culture, language, and improving Mi’kmaq student outcomes in on-reserve schools as well as the public school system. The application also has to include a summary of non-academic attributes such as leadership, service to the community, volunteer experience, and extra-curricular activities.

 

Scholarship application details and forms are available at www.kinu.ca. 

 

Congratulations!

On Sunday October 28th, a Mi’kmaw Music Showcase held in Membertou Nova Scotia brought together the largest collection of Mi’kmaw recording artists ever assembled in one show. The showcase was titled “L’nuta’ql” or “it sounds indigenous”.

The idea behind the L'nuta'ql Music Showcase project was to create incentives and inspire artists to begin writing, recording and performing music featuring the Mi’kmaw language.

“All the recording artists recognized that we all need to do more for the language, including creating new music in the Mi’kmaw Language,” stated Artist director and co producer Jaime Battiste. “That was the main reason why many agreed to be a part of the Mi’kmaw Music Showcase”

 “Our language is in crisis. We have less then a third of the Mi’kmaw nation able to speak our language”, said Chief Leroy Denny, Chair of Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey, a major sponsor of the showcase.  “We need to create incentives and more visibility of the language”. 

In July, a contest was created asking aspiring artists to submit their music in hopes of winning a chance to perform during the showcase and record in a professional studio.  The winner of the contest was SHiFT FROM THA 902, an up and coming hip hop artist with a hard, raw style driven flow. His distinctive voice and honest lyrics draw inspiration from his youth growing up in Wekoqmaq First Nation, Nova Scotia, a small reservation on Cape Breton Island. 

"We would like to congratulate SHiFT FROM THA 902. This is a special opportunity for the artist and the community. We look forward to hearing the final recording”, said Scott Long President of Music Nova Scotia. “Music Nova Scotia will also be working with SHiFT FROM THA 902 as part of our Orchestrated Neighbours project and we are a proud partner of the L’nuta’ql project.”

Scott Ferguson, FMP Matrix producer & senior engineer will be working with SHiFT FROM THA 902 in recording a fully produced and engineered single featuring the Mi’kmaw language for the showcase.  Also, a live album CD of the concert will be created by FMP Matrix so that anyone can access the new Mi’kmaw songs.  

Derek Johnson, singer for The Relatives recalled that his mother, Margarette Johnson, affectionately known as “Dr. Granny”, always reminded him “We are Mi’kmaq, that’s who we are, don’t be embarrassed to speak the language”. During the show, the Relatives performed a new original for the first time in more then 12 years. 

The show also included more then 10 Mi’kmaw recording artists from across the Atlantic. Included in the showcase were Richard Poullette of MorningStar, Hubert Francis of Eaglefeather as well as up and coming entertainers such as Kalolin Johnson of the Gentle Warrior project, Emma Stevens and 2nd Generation, to name a few.   

There was also a tribute to Mi’kmaw Music icon the late Joey Gould, who inspired many of the current Mi’kmaw artists today.

A four-day welding camp, the first of it’s kind in Nova Scotia, was held at the Strait Area Campus of the Nova Scotia Community College in August. The

camp, which was part of a program offered by CWB Welding Foundation, blends learning the trades with traditional teachings.

 Twelve Mi’kmaw youth, ages 12-15 took part in the camp, which taught them how to weld several items, including an eel spear.

 “I liked learning how to weld,” said Maya Johnson, 12, of Potlotek. “It was kind of scary at first with all the sparks flying in your face but then it was cool watching the metal stick together.”

 The group spent their days at the NSCC campus in Port Hawkesbury learning the trade, and spent their evenings at a camp in Orangedale, taking part in traditional activities with different elders each night.

 “The cultural component to this and every camp we offer is so important,” explained Ann Sylliboy, Post Secondary coordinator with Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey. “We believe that our youth need a strong sense of identity, to be proud to be L’nu, so we ensure that they spend time with elders every chance we get.”

 The camp was put on by Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey and was also funded in part by the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency.

 “ The Mind over Metal camp was a huge success”, said Jude Gerrard, Chief Diversity Officer with the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency. “”Participants were able to gain hands-on experience in the welding shop and see trades as a viable career. We are hoping this is something that can be replicated to expose youth to other skilled trades as well.”

 Because of the success of this camp, there are plans to offer it again next year

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