Mi'kmaw youth archaeology camp

Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site

Kwe (Hello)! Welcome to Elapultimk, a camp for Mi’kmaw youth aged 9 to 16 to learn about archaeology and Mi’kmaw heritage, held at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site. New this year: the camp is a weeklong, overnight camp!

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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.

Application form

Please complete this application form if you are interested in registering for the Mi'kmaw Youth Archaeology Camp at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site.

Please submit your application by June 10, 2024, for the best chance of securing a spot in this summer's camp. Applications received by that date will be evaluated by a joint team from Parks Canada and KMKNO. Parents will be notified of the results within one week.

Elapultimk 2024 Mi'kmaw Youth Archaeology Camp Application Form

Dates and times

July 14 to 19: ages 9 to 12

July 21 to 26: ages 13 to 16

There is a maximum of 20 participants per week, Monday to Friday.

Cost 

Admission is free for Mi’kmaw youth and includes:

  • all food and program supplies
  • round trip transportation from regional Mi’kmaw communities
  • space nearby for families to camp while their child attends Elapultimk

Camp details

  • Archaeology
  • Petroglyph tours
  • Waltes tournament
  • Drum making
  • Swimming and canoeing
  • Tenting
  • Hiking and outdoor fun
  • Overnight island adventure
  • Traditional food

Schedule

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.

Details to come.

Sample schedule from 2023

More details
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 leaders

Camp supervision and educational programming will be provided by an impressive team of Mi’kmaw counsellors, artisans, Earth Keepers, and Elders.

Ella Stevens, Camp Coordinator, Acadia First Nation

Jess O’Halloran, Senior Counsellor, Glooscap First Nation

More information

Kejimkujik-Mikmaw-Camp@pc.gc.ca

Collaborative archaeology

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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