Mi'kmaw youth archaeology camp 2023

Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site

Kwe (Hello)! Welcome to Elapultimk, a new day camp for Mi’kmaw youth aged 10 to 15 to learn about archaeology and Mi’kmaw heritage, held at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site. 


Elapultimk – "looking toward or looking forward to"

Come join us at Elapultimk for a fun and educational adventure! Kids will have fun outdoors and get their hands dirty searching for artifacts. They’ll be immersed in the amazing Indigenous cultural landscape with a visit to the petroglyphs, swimming in the lake, a canoe trip, and learning about Mi’kmaw culture from Mi’kmaw counsellors, archaeologists, and Elders. Kids will receive free camp swag like t-shirts, hoodies, and hats.

Dates and times

August 14 to 18 or August 21 to 25 (two options to enroll)

9 am to 5 pm each day


Mi'kmaw youth aged 10 to 15 are welcome

Youth will be grouped into age-appropriate pods with a camp counsellor



Admission is free for all Mi’kmaw youth, on a first-come first-served basis


Lunches and snacks will be provided for free


Free transportation will be provided back and forth from regional Mi’kmaw communities


Each day will be split between archaeology – digging at a real dig site under the guidance of professional archaeologists and Mi’kmaw counsellors – and an afternoon educational program or adventure.

More details
Day of the week Morning program Afternoon program or adventure
Monday Digging like an archaeologist Petroglyph tour
Tuesday Digging like an archaeologist Looking at Mi’kmaw artifacts
Wednesday Canoe making Group canoe trip
Thursday Digging like an archaeologist Medicine walk and making medicine pouches
Friday Digging like an archaeologist Reflecting on legacy of Residential Schools

Camp leaders

Camp supervision and educational programming will be provided by an impressive team of Mi’kmaw experts and Earth Keepers.

More information

For registration and questions about the camp, please contact: Kejimkujik-Mikmaw-Camp@pc.gc.ca

Collaborative archaeology

This pilot project is part of the Kejimkujik collaborative archaeology program, involving the joint efforts of Parks Canada and the Mi'kmaq of Nova Scotia.

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