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Mi’kmaq people have lived in multiple places throughout the Atlantic region of Canada and along the coastal regions of the United States. Their Mi’kmaq knowledge is understood as the collective genius derived from Mi’kmaw humanity that exists in the context of their learning and knowing within and from the places where they have lived, hunted, explored, gathered, farmed, migrated, raised families, built communities and survived for centuries. The manner by which this knowledge is passed on is usually through responsible holders of that knowledge and is meant to be learned in both formal and informal ways so as to keep this knowledge for all times.

Little is available in print on the true essence of Mi'kmaq knowledge, although the ethics of conducting research on  Mi'kmaq knowledge and issues involved for non-Mi’kmaq persons or organizations in using this material is vital as a first entrance to this website material. This section offers to researchers a glimpse at the issues and how these issues may be resolved or what issues may need to have a further dialogue with Mi’kmaq Elders or leaders or responsible holders of  Mi'kmaq knowledge to acquire and use this knowledge.

 
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The Mi’kmaq resided in, and for a considerable time after the onset of the Europeans, a civilization where respect for the good works of the Great Spirit was its...

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Mi’kmaq ingenuity and creativity has been a well-documented aspect of Mi’kmaq life in Atlantic museums and beyond. Whether it is how they built their canoes, or wigwams, or beaded the coats they...

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Every institution of higher learning has developed a course of studies called the humanities that has been core to education. Contextually, philosophy, religion, history, languages, literatures...

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Mi’kmaw storytelling has been an integral part of Mi’kmaw way of life. Mi’kmaw elders and leaders and parents have provided each generation with the required prerequisite knowledge, know-how,...

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From the early 1900’s to the 1950’s, the Mi’kmaq were largely absent from authorized programs of study and prescribed textbooks. When they were mentioned, images were those of “vanishing Canadians...

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Mi’kmaq peoples have had a long relationship with the Holy Roman Empire and the Catholic Church. Father Christian LeClerq found in his journeys among Mi’kmaq in the mid to late 1600’s a people...

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The Mi’kmaw language is an important and integral part of the culture and world view of the Mi’kmaq.  Through our language, our way of seeing our life is...

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Law

Mi’kmaw law is based on the understanding that things in life are interconnected, known to many Mi’kmaq as “Netukulimk”. This law describes the rights and responsibilities of the Mi’kmaq with...

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Mi’kmaq people have lived in multiple places throughout the Atlantic region of Canada and along the coastal regions of the United States. Their Mi’kmaq knowledge is understood as the collective...

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