Dollar Lake Provincial Park: Acknowledging the Territory
Dollar Lake Provincial Park is on on lands that are, by law, the land of the Mi’kmaq. One of the closest First Nations is near Shubenacadie.
“The Shubenacadie Nation is composed of four Mi’kmaq First Nation reserves located in Nova Scotia. AS of 2012, the Mikmaq population is 1,195 on-Reserve and approximately 1,190 off-Reserve. The First Nation includes Indian Brook 14, Nova Scotia, near Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia. The Shubenacadie Nation is now known as Sipekne’katik Band.”
Sipekne’katic is composed of Indian Brook 14, New Ross 20, Pennal 19 and Shubenacadie 13.
Nearby also is the Millbrook First Nation. You can see the Millbrook Power Centre as you head south from Truro (or north from Halifax). The Power Centre is a powerful model of self-determination. Lawrence Paul, a leader, says “The model for the Power Centre is to attract businesses who want to partner with us for long-term sustainability. We work with them to structure a jointly beneficial arrangement at the outset…and then let the company focus on running the operation – to do what they have expertise in doing.” (truropowercentre.ca)
At the Power Centre is the wonderful Millbrook Cultural and Heritage Centre. There you will find accurate history and a celebration of indigenous creativity, art and resilience. Tours are available. http://www.millbrookheritage.ca
If you are non-indigenous and come at a time of year when powwow is taking place take time to attend those events open to the public. These are meaning-filled celebrations of strength, history and culture. You will learn, be moved and, hopefully just a little bit transformed.