October is Mi’Kmaq History Month in Nova Scotia. We’re incredibly proud to celebrate and honour this rich culture of our area. We’ll be teaming up with members of Acadia First Nation , to present a unique weekend here at the beach.
Please join us as we honour more than 13,000 years of Indigenous Peoples presence, our neighbours and friends.
Hope you’ll come along, joining us here in Kespukwitk.
Our Mawimoi will proudly include:
- Art Show featuring Mi’Kmaq artist Melissa Sue Labrador, Seven Directions Mi’Kmaq Art
Sat. Oct. 26th, 10:30am – 4:30pm
- Medicinal Plant Walk with Laurie Lacey
Sat. Oct 26th at 10:30am, limited to 20 ppl, sign up at the Front Desk
- Mawiomi by the Bonfire, drumming, luskinikin roasting and more with Acadia First nation Member, Shanyn Whynot
Sat. Oct 26 at 4:30pm
While you are here, for the weekend, or anytime, linger in the Lounge to discover a pair of maple carved paddles by Ed Benham. Count and marvel at the eagles etched beautifully into the moose antler by Bucky Moore by the Front Desk. Pause and take in the meaning that’s inspired the paintings hung on our walls by Melissa Labrador. Touch the handmade birch bark bowl by canoe builder Todd Labrador, and stroll along the pathway to appreciate his legacy within our 90th Anniversary Sculpture Show, Sea’spired, entitled ‘Our Spirits Remain’ petroglyph. Drop by the Gift Shop and you’ll discover works by many local Mi’Kmaq artists too.
Be sure to explore our area’s Mi’Kmaq heritage and culture at one of our many sites including:
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site of Canada, don’t miss the encampment and petroglyphs
Queens County Museum in Liverpool
Visual artist Melissa Sue Labrador is from the Wildcat Community in South Brookfield, Nova Scotia.
She is the daughter of well-known and award-winning Mi’kmaq-style birchbark canoe builder Todd G. Labrador and the late spiritual leader, artist, and knowledge-keeper Jean Augustine-McIsaac, and granddaughter of the late Elder/Hereditary Chief of the Acadia First Nation, Charles W. Labrador. Melissa’s childhood was spent immersed in Mi’kmaw culture, and traditional values and ways. Melissa currently works with birch bark by making bowls and containers, winter bark etchings, and by assisting her father with the creation of his canoes. Inspiration for her painting stems from her close upbringing to the sacred sites of Kejimkujik and surrounding areas. She continues to study and work with the “Ancient Rock Carvings” of her Ancestors to better understand the ways of her people and the intensity and importance of her culture.
Melissa promotes and shares Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Traditional Plant Medicine Knowledge. Her voice has become an echo of her upbringing in her grandfather’s footsteps, as she brings awareness to the disrespect that Nova Scotia forests, waters, and animals are feeling, and she promotes the vision that we all must view Mother Earth as a living being for the sake of our future – our children.
She currently resides in the Wildcat Community where she home-schools her twins.