Canoe Cove community honours First Nation people – The Guardian

by ahnationtalk on July 17, 2018219 Views

The Canoe Cove Community Association has taken steps to recognize First Nation people and its history.

The idea was to add a “welcome’’ sign in Mi’kmaq to the three road signs on the highways leading into Canoe Cove.

The association consulted with Mi’kmaq elder Doreen Jenkins, a resident of the community, and with Abegweit First Nation Chief Brian Francis.

After learning the correct Mi’kmaq translation, local artists JoDee Samuelson and Mari Basiletti painted the words “Pjila’si Suomane’ Katik” on cedar boards and attached them to the existing roadside welcome signs. The Mi’kmaq words translate into English as “Welcome to the place where beech nuts are plentiful”. Indeed, there are still many beech trees in this south shore area of P.E.I.

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