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MOU brings continued collaboration with the Mi'kmaw Nation

19 October, 2015

Dr. Donald M. Julien, Executive Director of the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq and Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray, President of Saint Mary's University, sign the memorandum of understanding.

On October 19, 2015, Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray, President of Saint Mary’s University, and Dr. Trudy Sable, Director of the Office of Aboriginal and Northern Research at the Gorsebrook Research Institute for Atlantic Canada Studies, travelled to the Millbrook Cultural and Heritage Centre for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq (CMM) and the Union of Nova Scotia Indians (UNSI), the two Tribal Councils representing all the bands in Nova Scotia.

Dr. Don Julien, Executive Director of the CMM, and co-signer on the MOU, hosted the ceremony together with Tim Bernard, Director of History & Culture and at CMM. 

The MOU expressed our continued collaboration around the ongoing research and development of the recently launched, Ta’n Weji-sqalia’tiek: Mi’kmaw Place Names Digital Atlas & Website, and its transfer to the Mi’kmaw Nation. 

Dr. Julien spoke of the long process and involvement of the Mi’kmaq-Nova Scotia-Canada Tripartite Forum in the atlas and website project, as well as other initiatives supporting the preservation and use of the Mi’kmaw language, while recognizing those involved in the project. 

Dr. Bernie Francis, Mi’kmaw linguist on the project, and Dr. Sable presented the website. This was followed by words from Dr. Summerby-Murray regarding the spirit and meaning of collaboration, and noting that Saint Mary’s is honoured to partner, through the Office of Aboriginal and Northern Research, with the CMM and UNSI on the project.