October is Mi'kmaq History Month
Wapna’kikewaq, People of the Dawn
In 1993, Premier John Savage and Mi’kmaw Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy declared October as the official month to recognize and celebrate Mi’kmaw culture and heritage.
Each October, CCRSB schools celebrate and recognize the social, cultural, historic, economic and scientific contributions of the Mi'kmaq people through in-class studies, assemblies, special events and visits from special guests.
The Mi'kmaq History Month theme for 2015 is "Wapna’kikewaq, People of the Dawn".
From the 2015 official poster, "This is the International Year of Light. Light comes to us in many ways, as sunlight, moonlight, fire, lightning, Northern Lights, and even, fireflies. Light, and technology that uses light, have special places in the culture of the Mi’kmaq. The meanings and importance of light are reflected in our oral histories and traditional knowledge."
Treaty Day - October 1st
When the English arrived in Mi’kma’ki (the Mi’kmaq homeland that includes present-day Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, central and eastern New Brunswick, the Gaspe Peninsula and Newfoundland) the Mi’kmaq and the Crown signed treaties of peace and friendship so they could live in harmony and peace.
The 1752 Treaty showed the Crown’s intentions to make peace, provide trading posts, and protect the land and way of life for the Mi’kmaw people. The Treaty also designated October 1st as the date on which the Mi’kmaw people would receive gifts from the Crown to “renew their friendship and submissions.”
You can learn more about Mi'kmaq History Month and the history of the Mi'kmaq people here: