Patsy Paul-Martin

Patsy Paul-Martin is a Mi'kmaq woman who was born and raised in Eskasoni in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She takes pride from the fact that she comes from a large family unit. She has countless relatives who constantly drop in for a visit. She reads, writes and speaks her sacred Mi'kmaw language and tries desperately to revive it, in the mainland area. She truly believes that education is a never-ending process and that we learn continuously from each other, everyday. Through her dogged determination, she has acquired her education and has a Masters degree in Education specializing in the administrative stream. Her three mentors are: the beloved Mothers; a cherished Father, whom all lovingly installed wonderful virtues; and everlasting memories during her upbringing.

She is married to the same guy who swept her off her beloved Reserve and captivated her to reside at his home in Millbrook, where they raised their four children. The greatest accomplishment in her life is: her five grandchildren whom she dotes on and caters to. Over the past two years, Patsy has found the rejuvenation technique of traditional sweats with her three daughters and granddaughters at various places. She works as the Director of the Millbrook Literacy Centre and part-time as an Associate Professor at St. F.X. University. Her ultimate philosophy in life is: In pursuit of wisdom from our respected Elders and to promote her Mi'kmaq heritage to the fullest capacity. Her grandfather was the Grand Chief, Gabriel "Muin/Bear" Sylliboy from Eskasoni and uses the Muin as a powerful symbol of strength incorporated in her work.

Added to Archives 2013