United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages Celebration held in We’koqma’q!

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