Since 1993, the month of October in Nova Scotia has been a time to celebrate and promote awareness of Mi’kmaw history and culture. Each year a poster is produced by the government and partners, and a variety of events take place throughout the province. With ever-increasing numbers of Mi’kmaw students attending Cape Breton University, over the past several years the campus has made an effort to join in the celebration.
This year, the Students’ Union will mark Treaty Day with a free lunch and First Nations dance demonstration in the Pit.
The Mi’kmaq Resource Centre of Unama’ki College will host two guest lectures. On October 4th at noon, I’ll talk about the process of producing Welta’q “It Sounds Good”: Historic Recordings of the Mi’kmaq. Then on October 25th at noon, Robert Campbell will present a lecture titled “Intellectual Property, Traditional Knowledge, and Oral History.” Both will be held in the Sydney Credit Union Room (CE265) at Cape Breton University.
On October 22nd, the look of CBU’s campus will change, with three wi’kuoms gracing the lawn in front of the Culture & Heritage Building for a week of events organized by the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies. During this week, Aboriginal business students from across Canada will gather for a two-day roundtable, discussing successful businesses in their home communities and strategies for attracting more Aboriginal students to the study of business. Then on Thursday, they will join a group of scholars, economic development officers, and business leaders to talk about best practices in the establishment of partnerships for economic development.
These students and the Purdy Crawford Chair will also participate in the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO) conference that will be ongoing in Membertou the same week. And you can look for a copy of the long-awaited article on the Membertou Business Model there as well!
It’s sure to be a great month!