Posts Tagged ‘Mi’kmaq’

Indigenous art a staple of Nova Scotian culture

October 1 is Treaty Day in Nova Scotia; it marks the beginning of Mi’kmaq History Month. The purpose of Mi’kmaq History Month is to celebrate Mi’kmaq culture and history, which Dalhousie University students take part in every day as they attend their classes on traditional Mi’kmaq territory. From the Nova Scotia Art Gallery, to the…

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Dal reads: We Were Not the Savages

Daniel N. Paul is a Mi’kmaq Elder and born in Indian Brook, Nova Scotia. When he was a kid, he witnessed first-hand how the “Indian agents” treated his parents and community members. Paul was raised in an educational system that taught him he was “good at making axe handles and things, and that was it.”…

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Vital curriculum

In a time where some seem to picture native peoples and their cultures as a thing of the past, outdated and only to be remembered in often biased history books, old Western movies, and beautiful—yet historically inaccurate—Disney movies, Dalhousie’s new minor in Aboriginal Studies should serve as a wake-up call to students. A year or…

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Not-so-minor changes

Little known to much of the student body, Dalhousie University is located in the heart of traditional Mi’kmaq territory but has until now only had a few classes on First Nations peoples. Despite current budget cuts, Dal is in the early phases of introducing a new minor in Aboriginal Studies, with a tentative start date…

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News Briefs (For the week ending Oct 6)

DSU.ca is getting a makeover The DSU’s website is known to include references to former council executives and blame Saint Mary’s University for pages with missing content. That is expected to change with an upcoming revamp, according to VP (internal) Ramz Aziz in his Oct. 9 report to council. The website will show a new…

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Mi’kmaq History Month events begin

October 1—Treaty Day—marks the beginning of Mi’kmaq History Month in Nova Scotia. A month dedicated to Mi’kmaq origins and awareness, dozens of events are organized each year in order to promote public education about Mi’kmaq culture and heritage. The Mi’kmaq, a First Nations people, are indigenous to all of Canada‘s Maritime Provinces, as well as areas within Quebec, in what…

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Mawio’mi at Dalhousie

  The third Dalhousie Mawio’mi, the Mi’kmaq word for gathering, was held Tuesday, Oct. 2.  It included the grand entry, the raising of the flag, speeches, food, and, of course, dances. Out on the grass of the Dal quad, the drums pounded as the dancers, with and without regalia, showcased their great talent and celebrated…

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