Gallery 3: We Look to the Past to Heal and to Learn

The goal of the third gallery is to bring visitors into recent historic events and to reflect on our relationships to the past. First-person narratives and exhibits will help the visitor to realize how those experiences have shaped Mi’kmaw life today, such as the inter-generational impacts that Indian Residential School has on communities and individuals today.

Visitors will learn about current issues that shape Mi’kmaw life, some of which are a part of the legacies of our past, like Centralization policies and treaty relationships. Reflection, exploration, healing and well-being will be fostered among all communities throughout Mi’kma’ki.

Based on family and humour, exhibits and programs will draw on traditional knowledge and emphasize the diversity of ways that spirituality and faith may be expressed in Mi’kmaw communities today.

Elder Douglas Knockwood and MDCC staff member Gerald Gloade offer prayers in a celebration of remembrance at St. Brigid’s Cemetery in Parrsboro, NS. The Mi’kmawey Debert Cultural Centre is committed to the continuation of these traditional practices.

Elder Douglas Knockwood and MDCC staff member…

Elder Sister Dorothy Moore holds a key from the Shubenacadie Residential School. Recent funding from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission will strengthen survivor and community direction concerning residential school programming at the Centre.

Elder Sister Dorothy Moore holds a key from the…

The Little Big Men comic, drawn by Vernon Gloade of Millbrook First Nation, is featured monthly in the Mi’kmaq Maliseet Nations News. It is a great expression of humour, which is an important aspect of Mi’kmaw life.

The Little Big Men comic, drawn by Vernon Gloade….

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