Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Jake Middle Musquodoboit, Nova Scotia

Fair address: Nova Scotia Provincial Heritage Fair

Project: Mi'kmaw Culture

My project is on Mi'kmaw culture. I posed some frequently asked questions which were answered by a very knowledgeable man who is a Mi'kmaw artist and storyteller.

What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

I learned that Kluskap, although important in Mi'kmaw culture, is not the most important, but that there are a "big three" - the Creator (Kisu'lk), the God (Niskam) and the storyteller and teacher (Kluskap)

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

I learned that Mi'kmaw people died from European diseases. Mi'kmaw placenames are still around today and used as English names. I also learned that Mi'kmaw language is verb-based whereas, English is noun-based.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

My life is different than Mi'kmaw ancestors because of the technologies we have today, but a lot in the natural world is the same as it was when they lived. Mi'kmaq today use the same technologies as me but they also use the knowledge that their ancestors passed down to them.

  • Emma Morehouse

    I really enjoyed your video Jake! The information is very informative and I like the artifacts!

    — Emma M – 2014 Young Citizen

    09/07/2014 8:36:33 AM

  • Dylan Lee

    I liked how Jake talked in the Mi'kmaw language because it showed he was interested in his topic. - Dylan L
    05/06/2014 11:51:09 PM

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Comments from a fellow Young Citizen!

Helena from BC says:

What was your favourite part of this video?: My favorite part of the video was when Jake said a few words in Mi'kmaw language. I thought this showed a strong interest in the topic.

What do you think this Young Citizen did really well?: I thought that the music was well done and fit the video well. I felt that this enhanced the video's overall effect.

What did you learn from the video?: I learned that the Mi'kmaw territory was divided up into sectors like Canada. This was interesting to me.

Any other comments you’d like to share with this Young Citizen?: I thought that the interview added information to the video in a meaningful way.

Erin from MB says:

What was your favourite part of this video?: I liked his knowledge on the subject.

What do you think this Young Citizen did really well?: The video was put together very well.

What did you learn from the video?: I learned that Mi'kmaw first nation were the most eastern first nation.

Project partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
  • Canadian Heritage / Patrimoine Canadien
  • Government of Canada
  • HBC: Hudson's Bay Company
  • ecentricarts inc.