Pjila’si Welcome

 

Membertou is one of five Mi’kmaw communities in Unama’ki (Cape Breton Island), and one of thirteen in Nova Scotia.

Mi’kmaw culture dates back thousands of years and through those years, many traditions talents and stories have been carried on through the tight knit generations. We invite you to experience our culture first-hand.

Membertou was not always situated at its present location. One hundred years ago, Membertou (formally known as the Kings Road Reserve) was located along the Sydney Harbour. In 1916, our people were the first Indigenous peoples forcefully relocated in Canada’s History. In 1926, The Membertou Community was officially moved to its present day location. Today, we embrace our progress and welcome the world to experience our rich and historical Mi’kmaw culture.

Cultural Workshops

Please note that advanced booking is required for all activities

Drum Making Workshop

Connect yourself to the heartbeat of mother earth and take a piece of Mi’kmaw culture home with you. Assemble your hand drum and while weaving your own unique design. Instructor, Jeff Ward, will also gift you with the teachings behind Indigenous drum making and singing. Sip tea or coffee in the comfortable atmosphere of the Membertou Heritage Park.

Dreamcatcher Workshop

Legends state that dreamcatchers can protect you from bad dreams. Simply place the dreamcatcher over your bed, and good dreams will pass down through the feathers. Bad dreams, on the other hand, are caught within the web and then destroyed by sunlight in the morning. Create your own personalized dream catcher at the Membertou Heritage Park.

Cost: $25
Time required: 2 hours

Mi’kmaq Medicine Walk

Immerse yourself in the nature trails of Unama’ki in our Mi’kmaw community of Membertou. On your guided tour, learn the traditional practices and medicines used by our ancient ancestors. A community leader will lead you through a beautifully wooded trail in Membertou, sharing stories, legends, and the traditional medicines and plants which the Mi’kmaw people lived off of for thousands of years, and some still today.

Cost: $35
Time: 3 hours
Everyone is welcome

Contact Information

Membertou, Nova Scotia
Cape Breton Island
Toll free: 1-844-323-7255
General Info: 902-563-4534
Cultural Offerings: 902-567-5333

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