Discovering Mi'kmaw culture, traditions, and language

There is a great story in the woodlands, lakes, rivers, bogs, and barrens of Kejimkujik. It is a story 4,000 years in the making. It is equal parts history and legend, and it's here for you to hear it, to see it and to feel it.

Connect with Mi'kmaw Culture at Kejimkujik!

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Text: Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, Nova Scotia

[Overhead shot of Kejimkujik.]

[Kids running through the woods and interacting with Mi'kmaw Wigwam and campfire area.]

[Parks interpreter teaching visitors about different tools used by the Mi'kmaw people.]

[Parks interpreter serving hot beverages to visitors.]

[Visitors walking along Kejimkujik lakeside trails.]

[Visitors interacting with Mi'kmaw artifacts as a Parks Interpreter teaches them about the objects.]

[Visitors walking down to the petroglyphs and being taught the history displayed on the rocks.]

[A visitor scooping water with their hands from Kejimkujik Lake.]

[A couple standing in the water by the shore of Kejimkujik Lake.]

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[A sunset over Kejimkujik Lake.]

Credits:

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© Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, represented by Parks Canada, 2018.

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Guided cultural programs

Petroglyph tour
Petroglyph tour

Join a guided walk through time to learn about Mi’kmaw culture by experiencing the petroglyphs on the shores of Kejimkujik Lake.

The petroglyphs are in a restricted area and the tours are the only way visitors can access them.

Enrich your visit to Kejimkujik with a guided tour of some of the 500-plus petroglyphs that are found on-site. Located along the lakeshores of Kejimkujik, these fascinating stone-carved depictions make up one of North America’s largest collections and have been vital clues for reconstructing regional history.

Registration required. The number of participants is limited.

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Birch bark canoe-building
Birch bark canoe-building

Witness the ancient craft of birch bark canoe-building in person with Todd Labrador and a Parks Canada Interpreter at work right before your eyes.

The canoe is an iconic symbol of the Mi’kmaw cultural landscape and also of the contemporary experience of Kejimkujik. The Kejimkujik Birch Bark Canoe Project highlights the work of master Mi’kmaw craftsman, Todd Labrador, as he builds traditional birch bark canoes in Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site.

Meet Todd Labrador

As a seventh-generation Mi'kmaq from the Kejimkujik region, Todd Labrador carefully crafts birch bark canoes with bark, spruce root, and other natural materials that are sustainably harvested in local Acadian Forests. His great-grandfather was a master canoe maker, and Todd taught himself how to build canoes after his own father passed away. Today, Todd Labrador is renowned for his work and is one of the most highly sought after craftsmen for his skills.

Drop-in program.

July to September 4, 2022

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Nick’s Knapping – Flint knapping
Nick’s flint knapping
Nick’s flint knapping

How did the Mi’kmaq get tools and hunting equipment 5000 years ago? They knapped! Flint knapping is the ancient and essential skill that uses hard stone and bone to shape, carve and create the tools necessary for survival. Join Nick and experience this ancient craft coming back to life!

Drop-in program.

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