A group of Mi’kmaw grandmothers is sharing its cultural knowledge and traditional stories in Membertou First Nation this week in hopes of preserving them before they’re lost.
“It’s important because it is being forgotten,” said Karen Benard, the sexualized violence prevention program coordinator with the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association.
Bernard said because of colonization and residential schools many of the cultural stories and traditions were forgotten or lost. This event aims to encourage Mi’kmaw grandmothers to share and remember some of the old cultural ways and stories.
“We’re just trying to get our grandmothers to lead us and to provide us with support,” said Heidi Marshall, one of the founding members of Mi’kmaq Circle of Hope.
Mi’kmaq Circle of Hope is a recently formed group aiming to provide extra supports to Indigenous people on and off reserve and Marshall thinks reconnecting to Mi’kmaw culture is an essential aspect of healing. Full story here