Elmi’knikewey etli-mawita’mk Future Centre

Artist rendering of an imagined approach to the future cultural centre, showing art installations and people at the gathering circle in the background. Image courtesy of Lundholm Associates Architects, The Glenn Group, and WHW Architects.

Developing the Mi’kmawey Debert Cultural Centre involves intentional and comprehensive planning for the future — inspired by love for our people and respect for our past.

A dynamic and meaningful centre for Mi’kmaw people and for visitors from across Nova Scotia, Canada, and the world, it is thought of as “a coming home place.” Visitor experiences will encompass archaeological sites, outdoor trails, and immersion in Mi’kmaw worldviews and perspectives of the near and distant past. It will be a place for people to go to celebrate who we are, have been, and will be. We will ask our own questions and tell our own stories to each other and the world.

The Mi’kmawey Debert staff meet with the Elders’ Advisory Council often. Here project director Tim Bernard and administrator Sheila Pierro review maps of the Debert area with Elder Judy Bernard Julian.

The Mi’kmawey Debert staff meet with the Elders’ Advisory…

Ensuring Mi’kmaw ownership of the project is at the core of our efforts. With a mandate from the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Chiefs, the project is undertaken for all thirteen Mi’kmaw communities by the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq. Monthly guidance from the Elders’ Advisory Council, community outreach, and a curatorial group of experts from across the Province, generate community involvement at many levels.

Sustainability of the Centre is the second pillar of a planning process. A comprehensive Feasibility Study, a Plan for Visitor Experiences, a Master Site Plan, and a Functional Program are now completed. These documents, guided by the Elders’ original vision statement, lay the foundation for a realistic and sustainable operation for many decades.

A schematic diagram showing the conceptual framework of the Centre. It illustrates core concepts and primary visitor experiences. Note the eight anchoring themes along the bottom of the graphic. Image courtesy of Lundholm Associates Architects.

A schematic diagram showing the conceptual framework of the Centre…

A schematic of the Centre showing different spaces and their adjacencies. Note that this is not a building; it is simply a diagram indicating which spaces are required and which spaces need to be close, or adjacent, to one another. Image courtesy of Lundholm Associates Architects.

A schematic of the Centre showing different spaces and their adjacencies. Note that this…

A schematic of the first gallery designed to be a total immersion experience for the visitor—with light filtering through trees, sounds of people talking in Mi’kmaq, spring water moving over rocks, wind moving in the trees, and the calls and croaks of loons, frogs, and caribou. Image courtesy of Lundholm Associates Architects.

A schematic of the first gallery designed to be a total immersion experience…

3 Responses to Future Centre

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  2. Stacey says:

    what year the centre expected to open?

    • MDCC says:

      Hi Stacey,

      The project is currently waiting on a number of significant funding commitments. After those commitments are made, it will take approximately 48 months to open the Centre.

      MDCC Staff

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