News Release Archive

  Education and Culture Minister, John MacEachern today
  released a new version of the Nova Scotia Museum's First
  Peoples kit, which he called "a wonderful classroom
  He said the kit explains the important role the Mi'kmaq
  people have played in shaping Nova Scotia's cultural
  The revised kit was also presented to Grand Chief Ben
  Sylliboy and the 13 band chiefs at a board meeting of the
  Mi'kmaq Association of Cultural Studies today in Dartmouth.
  Available to teachers and groups since the 1970s, the kit is
  the most popular of the museum's hands-on teaching
  resources. Thirty kits are distributed for two-week periods
  during the school year throughout Nova Scotia, reaching
  approximately 9,600 students. The kits are also used by
  youth groups when taking their Native Lore badges. Over the
  years changes have been made to contents, as new research
  and resources became available.
  This newest version was updated after consulting teachers
  and the Mi'kmaq community, including Mi'kmaq educators at
  the University College of Cape Breton and the Department of
  Education and Culture in Halifax.
  The kit is filled with hands-on material to help students
  understand Mi'kmaq culture over the years. Students can
  handle reproduction stone tools, some of which date to more
  than 10,000 years ago. They can also learn how the Mi'kmaq
  were skilled at using natural materials in their daily
  lives. The kit now includes an audio tape of Six Micmac
  Stories read by Mi'kmaq author Katherine Sorbey. The popular
  video Mi'kmaq: The people and Their Culture is included in
  two formats, video and filmstrips.
  A computer database, particularly valuable for older
  students, includes excerpts from Mi'kmaq history mentioning
  individuals by name from 1534 AD to 1950.
  A unit on petroglyphs has also been added so that students
  can examine and talk about this important cultural record.
  Sister Dorothy Moore, Mi'kmaq education consultant for the
  Department of Education and Culture said "the kit helps
  students learn about Mi'kmaq life in the past. Teachers must
  bring the students beyond the past to the present in Mi'kmaq
  history, culture and language".
  The Nova Scotia Museum is part of the Department of
  Education and Culture.
  Contact: Joan Waldron  902-424-7398
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