Mi’kmaq Culture Shared in England

In mid October, Adeva and Aveda Googoo, 8 year old girls who attend ESK in Eskasoni, had the opportunity to visit a school in England while their family was on vacation there. During the planning stages of their vacation, the girls were curious about what schools were like in England. Arrangements were made in advance of the trip to visit Hampton Hill Primary School. 

When they arrived at the school, the girls were able to join the other children for break time in the playground followed by the school assembly, which is a daily normal event in their school where all classes get together for notices and celebrations.

The girls father, Craig Paul helped with the presentation with the girls. Sharon Paul, the girls’ kiju, obtained 27 hand made little dream catchers which the girls gave to each of the class members. The children loved them and Craig explained what they should do with them and how they dispel nightmares. Craig also talked about hunting and fishing and history of the Mi’kmaw people and about the arrival of the white people and how it impacted the Mi’kmaq. 

At the end he asked the class for questions and the children were full of them. The first one was “Do you have cars?” They also asked if Craig and the girls lived in a teepee, how deep the snow is in Canada, how many eels Craig would catch when he went eel fishing and what the girls wear to school.  

After the presentation to the class called Year 5 which has 9-10 year olds, the family met with the school principal who asked if the ESK immersion class or school could keep up contact with his school through pictures and/or letters.

As they were leaving the school, one little girl practiced the first Mi’kmaw word she had ever heard saying “nmultes”!