The Mi'kmaq


First Peoples, First Meetings: The French in Seventeenth Century Mi’kma’ki

Opening June 21 at Museum of Natural History at 3 pm. On view Summer 2017

Indigenous stories are essential to who we are as Canadians. The story of Nova Scotia begins with the Mi’kmaq.  This new exhibit explores a period almost 250 years prior to Confederation shedding new light on early encounters and early relationships between the Mi’kmaq and French traders in seventeenth-century Mi’kma’ki, Discover story of kinship and alliance in a time of uncertain change.  Later this summer, follow online, as an archaeological excavation takes place in July at the trading post of Charles de la Tour in Port La Tour, Shelburne County.

First Fishers

Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic

For more than 13,500 years, the Mi’kmaq have lived in Mi’kma’ki – their ancestral territory comprised of what is now known as Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island as well as parts of New Brunswick, Quebec, Newfoundland and Maine. This new exhibit explores this long history.

Info Sheets

Infos are leaflets answering some of the questions you most often ask us. The following online Infos can be printed, for use in the classroom by teachers, or for general reading for those who are interested.

The Mi'kmaq (125 KB PDF)

Les Mi'kmaq FR (125 KB PDF)

Reciprocal Research Network

First Nations items from across Canada!

The RRN lets you research cultural items held at 21 institutions, all from the same convenient interface. Create a project to conduct your research, then invite other people to work with you.

The project is a joint effort, co-developed by Musqueam Indian Band, the Stó:lō Nation/Tribal Council, the U’mista Cultural Society and the Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Many partner institutions from around the world are also involved. Visit the Reciprocal Research Network »

Mi'kmaq Portrait Gallery

The Nova Scotia Museum's Mi'kmaq Portraits Collection is a database of more than 700 portraits and illustrations that provides a glimpse into the history of the Mi'kmaq of Atlantic Canada. The collection results from research by the Museum over many years, often with the participation of Mi'kmaq individuals and other institutions.  View the collection »

Mi'kmaq Petroglyphs

Petroglyphs, or rock carvings, were cut with stone tools, probably pre-dating the introduction of European-made metal tools, beginning about 1500.

Mi'kmaq Petroglyphs on Flickr

Mi'kmaq History Month

Treaty Day, (October 1st) marks the beginning of Mi'kmaq History Month in Nova Scotia as proclaimed in 1993 by then Premier John Savage and Mi'kmaq Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy.