Mi’kmaq Resource Centre

Pjila’si – Welcome to the Mi’kmaq Resource Centre

The Mi’kmaq Resource Centre, part of the Unama’ki College family at Cape Breton University,  is a repository of documents and a dedicated space for Indigenous research at CBU for use by:

  • Cape Breton University Students
  • Mi’kmaw schools and educational institutions
  • Mi’kmaw social and cultural organizations
  • Mi’kmaw justice organizations
  • Everyone interested in Mi’kmaw and Indigenous issues

The Mi’kmaq Resource Centre collects material on Mi’kmaw and Indigenous history, language, and culture. If you  would like to contribute any documents, or have material we might use, please contact us.  We also welcome email inquiries on our holdings.

Hours of Operation and Contact Information

The MRC is open Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. located within Cape Breton University’s Student, Culture, & Heritage Centre off the Great Hall.  Our entrance is inside the Beaton Institute round the corner from the Art Gallery.  The MRC is wheelchair accessible; parking available for $1.00 daily rate.

Mi’kmaq Resource Centre, Room CE 268, Cape Breton University
P.O. Box 5300, 1250 Grand Lake Road, Sydney, N.S. B1P 6L2.
Telephone 902-563-1660
Email: diane_chisholm@cbu.ca
Visit our parent organization Unama’ki College

You can check out The Micmac News (1971-1991) on-line.
And also available on-line, Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey’s Mi’kmaw-English Lexicon and a new report You Can’t Get an Elder in an App…

TRC News:
Read the Truth & Reconciliation Commission Executive Summary here:
TRC Executive Summary

Dean of Unama’ki College, Stephen Augustine, before TRC:
“Indigenous law, like so many other aspects of Aboriginal peoples’ lives, has been impacted by colonization. At the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Knowledge Keepers Forum in 2014, Mi’kmaq Elder Stephen Augustine spoke about the Mi’kmaq concept for “making things right.” He shared a metaphor about an overturned canoe in the river. He said, “We’ll make the canoe right and … keep it in water so it does not bump on rocks or hit the shore.… [When we tip a canoe] we may lose some of our possessions.… Eventually we will regain our possessions [but] they will not be the same as the old ones.”

[Excerpt from TRC Executive Summary (2015), p.259]

Last update: Etquljuiku’s (May – Frog Croaking Time) 13, 2019