On Saturday, July 7, the Qalipu First Nation partnered with the Norpen Aboriginal Women’s Circle to share Mi’kmaq culture at Parks Canada’s Family Day in Shallow Bay.
Tourism Development Officer Tara Saunders said that taking the opportunity to celebrate culture with others, and make positive connections, is very valuable to the Band.
She said, “The Band set up a wigwam, provided the kits for a drum making demonstration, and assisted in a rattle making craft with the children. Hundreds of children were given the opportunity to learn about drum making and make their own rattles. Norpen, as always, was an excellent partner. They led a drumming circle and shared songs throughout the day. We are always thankful for opportunities like these to get outside and make positive connections.”
Qalipu has been involved in several initiatives with their partner, Parks Canada, including development and delivery of the Taste of the Great Outdoors program, interpretation training for Qalipu member businesses, and knowledge sharing in tourism development. The Band is also exploring ways of working with the Eastern Field Unit on future initiatives.
On July 21st Qalipu, Norpen and Parks Canada will work together to deliver the Learn to Camp program at Port aux Choix National Historic Site. The site has seen continual habitation for over 5000 years and has been home to several distinct indigenous populations including today’s Mi’kmaq. Tara noted that elements of Mi’kmaq culture will be brought into the program including a sunrise ceremony and craft making. She also noted that registration for this program has been very successful.
“All spots have now been filled! We can’t wait to meet with families and help provide a fun camping experience at this special location.”
For more information, please contact Tara at firstname.lastname@example.org