About Us

Pjila’si. Welcome!

Tepi’ketuek is a Mi’kmaw word that means sharing or distributing what we have.

It is a Mi’kmaw tradition of giving and receiving for the collective to flourish. We created this site as a portal and archive in order to share the Mi’kmaw journey, promoting and encouraging Mi’kmaw knowledge, all the while preserving it online for future generations. We invite you to explore the Mi’kmaw Archives created by Mi’kmaq about Mi’kmaq. The first generation of the website is dedicated to Mi'kmaw authors/writers/researchers and the second generation will include non-Mi'kmaw authors writing about Mi'kmaq.

The Mi’kmaw Archives (Tepi’ketuek) is the product of many collaborations within Canada of academics, institutional and organizational partnerships throughout the Maritimes of Mi’kmaq, and non-Mi’kmaw alike.

The Mi’kmaw Archives team is committed to raising the awareness of the nature, depth, scope, beauty, creativity and productivity of the Mi’kmaq. The history of knowledge production has been largely Eurocentric. Here we centre the Mi'kmaw humanity in what has been produced and available on line, in print and in storage. By this archive, we hope to raise public knowledge about Mi'kmaq, our people, history, voices, and perspectives, as well as make available to those researching Mi'kmaq and what is available in print, on line and in storage. It is a growing site, changing as new authors or producers make their works and research available.

The late Mi’kmaw Elder Caroline Gould explained that the core teaching about Mi’kmaq in the humanities had to be centred on baskets. The Mi’kmaw Basket is our visual theme and metaphor because this time honored and contemporary practice illustrates the core teachings of our Mi’kmaq knowledge, traditions, cooperative economy, storytelling and sharing on our Mi’kmaw Identity. It is in her honor we share what we have and invite other researchers, students, teachers, faculty, writers, poets, and creative producers to share what they have. By doing so, we may grow collectively in sharing what we individually own—our words, our creativity, our passions, our sense of ourselves, and our research focused on animating the Mi’kmaw humanities and sciences.

The project was supported by the effort of many who gave of their time, their project monies, and their vision to this project. We thank the visionary planning team of Jaime Battiste, Marie Battiste, Eleanor Bernard, Tim Bernard, and Ann Denny and thank Famous Folks who has created this site. We acknowledge by virtue of their logos of the organizations that have contributed monitarily or supported the project, including the following individuals Marie Battiste, Lynne Bell, Isobel and Len Findlay, J. Youngblood Henderson, from the University of Saskatchewan; Elders Murdena and Albert Marshall, Eskasoni, N.S.; Patti Doyle-Bedwell (Dalhousie); and Deborah Lee of the University of Saskatchewan Indigenous Portal.