Atlantiar Knekk Tepaw

Atlantiar Knekk Tepaw: A Basque-Mi’kmaw Cultural Exchange Symposium

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In September 2018, Stephen Augustine, Hereditary Chief on the Mi’kmaq Grand Council and Associate Vice-President, Indigenous Affairs and Unama’ki College, at Cape Breton University (CBU), will host over 70 international delegates, including 27 speakers who are world-class experts in their field, in Cape Breton for a symposium that will bring together ancient cultures for knowledge sharing and celebration of perseverance.

The two-day academic conference will explore Indigenous roots in the North Atlantic and will feature presentations from British pediatrician, geneticist and writer Dr. Stephen Oppenheimer; retired Parks Canada underwater archaeologist Dr. Robert Grenier; internationally renowned architect Douglas Cardinal; Curator of North American Archaeology in the Department of Anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution Dr. Dennis Stanford, along with many others.

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The Atlantiar project is an initiative by Jauzarrea with the launch of a yearly Congress of international scholars, including Mi’kmaw, taking place in Arraiotz and Irun from 2012 to 2015. Now, Unama’ki College at CBU reignites this research by hosting the Atlantiar Congress on this side of the Atlantic, adding more Indigenous scholars to the original group.

Atlantiar spans the Atlantic ocean. In Mi’kmaw, Knekk means far away. Tepaw is very near. Far and near – reflecting the distance of the Atlantic ocean spanning from the Basque original home – Euskal Herria – and Mi’kma’ki. Rekindling ancient friendships, oceans apart; far yet near.

For further details or questions, please contact Alyce Maclean at 902.563.1395 (work); or