Mi’kmaq History Coming Alive at Port-la-Joye-Fort-Amherst National Historic Site

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Traditional birch wigwam building to begin July 19th

July 14, 2017       Charlottetown, PEI     Parks Canada Agency

Parks Canada and the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI are pleased to partner once again to bring alive the Mi’kmaq history of Epekwitk at Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst National Historic Site this summer. Join Mi’kmaq Elders on site and immerse yourself in the stories, history, and language of the Mi’kmaq people.

Nova Scotia Elder and master canoe and wigwam-builder Todd Labrador will be working with PEI Mi’kmaq Elders and community members to construct a traditional Mi’kmaq birch wigwam on site from July 19th to 21st. A rotating schedule of activities throughout the summer includes presentations each morning and afternoon, hands-on activities such as the ancient Mi’kmaq game of waltes, Mi’kmaq songs and language, traditional medicines and more. Activities take place daily until August 31st. For more information on these activities or other opportunities for visitors, please call 902-675-2220.

Parks Canada is encouraging visitors to plan their trips and discover new and exciting destinations in 2017 by consulting Parks Canada’s website, or downloading the NEW Parks Canada Mobile App, for a list of hidden gems and other unique and memorable ways to celebrate Canada 150.


“Parks Canada recognizes the invaluable contributions of the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI in enhancing visitor experience at Parks Canada sites and sharing stories and cultural traditions. The Wigwam project and summer programming present an incredible opportunity for visitors to better understand the culture and history of the Mi’kmaq of PEI through authentic experiences.”

Karen Jans,
Superintendent, PEI Field Unit, Parks Canada

“We’re proud to share Mi’kmaq history and culture for visitors to Parks Canada sites like Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst. This project is a good way to share the knowledge of our Elders and to foster Mi’kmaq traditional skills and arts. ”

Chief Brian Francis,
Chief Abegweit First Nation, Co-chair of the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI

Quick Facts

  • Parks Canada recognizes the invaluable contributions of Indigenous People to our work – from establishing and conserving heritage places to enhancing visitor experience by sharing stories and cultural traditions. Parks Canada is committed to working respectfully with First Nations and honouring their contributions to Canada’s protected places.
  • Additional interpretation has expanded the history presented at Port-La-Joye–Fort Amherst National Historic Site in recent years to include more of the site’s Mi’kmaq history. This includes the installation of interpretive panels, an updated site brochure and delivery of special events in collaboration with stakeholders such as the Societé Saint Thomas d’Aquin for the delivery of National Acadian Feast Day celebrations on August 15th.
  • The Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI and Parks Canada continue to work together in a number of ways to showcase Mi’kmaq culture at Parks Canada’s places in PEI. In PEI National Park, visitors can discover the rich culture of the Mi’kmaq people through story, song, and dance: A’tuken / Tell Stories. The travelling exhibition, N’in n’a L’nu: The Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island, is also showcased at the Greenwich Interpretation Centre.  For more information on these activities, please visit our website: http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/pe/pei-ipe/activ/activ-menu/interpretation

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Kara Grant
Partnering, Engagement & Communications Officer
Media Relations
Parks Canada Agency


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