The Lennox Island Mi’kmaq Cultural Centre began in 1973 when John Sark commissioned Mi’kmaq artist Michael Francis to paint murals depicting the Creations Story on the wall of the Priest House at Lennox Island. The Priest House also exhibited a collection of artefacts donated by Dr. John Maloney and Hubert Sark, as well as many traditional photographs.
The Lennox Island Mi’kmaq Cultural Centre was officially opened on June 28, 2000 by the Honorable Governor General of Canada, Adrien Clarkson. The centre has interpretive displays that explain the history, culture, language, spirituality and religion of the Mi’kmaq through to the present day. These displays, as well as the cultural centre’s artefacts and photographs, positively promote our history and customs. We also feature cross-cultural awareness programs and educational sessions.
Authentic Mi’kmaq Experiences and workshops:
Bannock and Clams in the Sand
Start your day building a fire to cook tradtional Bannock bread in the sand. Then a short walk to the beach where attendees dig up quahogs and take them back to cook on the fire. While your delegates are cooking they learn about Lennox Island and the Mi’kmaq culture, listen to stories and enjoy a traditional feast!
The Beat of One Drum
Attendees learn how to soak, stretch and wrap moose hide around a wooden drum frame — punching holes in the hide and eventually pulling hide strings through to tighten it and make a finished product.
Mi’kmaq Quill Art
The fine art of classic quill art is an ancient Mi’kmaq tradition that uses porcupine quills, weaved together on pieces of birch bark. It became a popular trade item, beginning in the 1600s. Participants will spend time at Lennox Island and will have the opportunity to harvest their materials needed out on the territory, learn about the different styles of this classic ancient art form, create their own quill work.