Mi'kmaw youth archaeology camp 2023
Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site
Kwe (Hello)! Welcome to Elapultimk, a new day camp for Mi’kmaw youth aged 10 to 15 to learn about archaeology and Mi’kmaw heritage, held at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site.
Elapultimk – "looking toward or looking forward to"
Come join us at Elapultimk for a fun and educational adventure! Kids will have fun outdoors and get their hands dirty searching for artifacts. They’ll be immersed in the amazing Indigenous cultural landscape with a visit to the petroglyphs, swimming in the lake, a canoe trip, and learning about Mi’kmaw culture from Mi’kmaw counsellors, archaeologists, and Elders. Kids will receive free camp swag like t-shirts, hoodies, and hats.
Dates and times
August 14 to 18 or August 21 to 25 (two options to enroll)
9 am to 5 pm each day
Mi'kmaw youth aged 10 to 15 are welcome
Youth will be grouped into age-appropriate pods with a camp counsellor
Admission is free for all Mi’kmaw youth, on a first-come first-served basis
Lunches and snacks will be provided for free
Free transportation will be provided back and forth from regional Mi’kmaw communities
Each day will be split between archaeology – digging at a real dig site under the guidance of professional archaeologists and Mi’kmaw counsellors – and an afternoon educational program or adventure.
|Day of the week||Morning program||Afternoon program or adventure|
|Monday||Digging like an archaeologist||Petroglyph tour|
|Tuesday||Digging like an archaeologist||Looking at Mi’kmaw artifacts|
|Wednesday||Canoe making||Group canoe trip|
|Thursday||Digging like an archaeologist||Medicine walk and making medicine pouches|
|Friday||Digging like an archaeologist||Reflecting on legacy of Residential Schools|
Camp supervision and educational programming will be provided by an impressive team of Mi’kmaw experts and Earth Keepers.
For registration and questions about the camp, please contact: Kejimkujik-Mikmaw-Camp@pc.gc.ca
This pilot project is part of the Kejimkujik collaborative archaeology program, involving the joint efforts of Parks Canada and the Mi'kmaq of Nova Scotia.
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