Metepenagiag – tjitjagamitj eimootltjig – where spirits live. In ancient times the Mi’Kmaq established a village where the Little Southwest and the Northwest Miramichi River meet and for nearly 3000 years, generation after generation flourished. The river provided an abundance of fish while the forests offered shelter and many other necessities of life. Metepenagiag is home to two nationally recognized heritage sites; the Oxbow and the Augustine Mound. You can learn about the Mi’Kmaq heritage at the Metepenagiag Heritage Park.
Kouchibouguac National Park titled after the river of the same namesake, means “river of the long tides”. The park lies within Mi’gma’ki, the traditional hunting and gathering territory of the Mi’gmaq. With 26 known Indigenous archaeological sites in the park, the earliest archaeological evidence of Indigenous peoples inhabiting and harvesting the natural resources in Kouchibouguac dates back approximately 4,000 years.
Since time immemorial, the Mi’gmaq have relied on the abundant seasonal marine and land resources for their survival. The first Europeans to arrive in the area that is now Kouchibouguac found willing trading partners in the Mi’gmaq. Over the succeeding centuries, Mi’gmaq territory, especially the rich coastline, was gradually overtaken by European settlements and intense competition for the region’s resources.
Today, the Mi’gmaq maintain strong cultural connections to Kouchibouguac National Park. Mi’gmaq interpreters at Kouchibouguac carry on the tradition of educating and inspiring through the oral histories and wisdom of the Elders as passed down through generations.
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Metepenagiag’s representation and interpretation of the Mi’kmaq culture is excellent, and it just got even better – you can now sleep in a traditional tipi. Once you arrive at the Heritage Park, you will be given a tour of the park and then you’ll be taken to your traditional accommodations. You’ll be assigned a tipi for the night and staff will be on hand to assist with the activities around the campfire and lead the storytelling. Ancient Mi’kmaq culture has existed at its life source for over 3,000 years, so there are a lot of stories to tell! Sleeping under the stars, in the fresh air, surrounded by such a rich history is sure to take your understanding and appreciation of the culture to a whole new level. Not to mention, you’ll be disconnected from the noise of everyday life, and at peace with nature, making it a truly spiritual experience. [July 2 – August 31, Monday to Friday 1 day and 1 night]
A Taste of Metepenagiag “Ookdotaan”
Your personal, guided tour of the 3,000 year old Aboriginal community and Heritage Park begins with the heavenly aromas of the cooking fire and traditional foods. It continues with a stop at the Interpretation Centre to view the exhibits and learn more about the lives of the people who called this land ‘home’. Gather fresh ingredients for the tea that will be served with food prepared in an outdoor cooking shelter. Sit down to listen to stories of Metepenagiag before sampling seasonal fish or summer game with wild rice, traditional bread and fragrant cedar tea. Don’t forget to linger around the campfire to hear more stories about this ancient way of life. [June 1st – October 31st, M-F; by reservation]
A Cultural Experience at Red Bank Lodge
Sit down and relax in the lodge where you can view their award winning movie” The Village of Thirty Centuries.” Various art work from local crafters is made available throughout the lodge for our guests to admire. The lodge is staffed by nationally certified interpreters who will be delighted to tell the story of Metepenagiag. At the end of your tour relax and enjoy refreshments.
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Kouchibouguac’s Voyageur Canoe Experience merges an active wildlife adventure with an intriguing cultural exploration. Ospreys, bald eagles and terns circle overhead as your interpreter illuminates the region’s Mi’gmaq and Acadian heritage, weaving historical facts and traditional folklore. You and your fellow paddlers are now connected to this culture, plying the same waters as First Nations and early settlers. Ahead, a 25-kilometre-long stretch of golden sand dunes punctuates the inshore region.
As you approach the sandbanks, a strange sound permeates the air—it is a bustling, barking colony of grey seals, perhaps numbering in the hundreds. These impressive marine mammals—as large as 450 kilograms and, at times, more than two metres long—bob, bask and frolic a short distance from your canoe. Your photographs are incredible; your memories even better. [Mid June until end of August]
Meet at the wigwam at Callanders Beach to learn about the types of dances, crafts, and tools the Mi’gmaq use within their daily lives. [Mondays at 10 am, Wednesdays at 3 pm, mid June until the end of August]
Big Tex Trout Derby (Metepenagiag) – May 18th-20th
Natoaganeg PowWow – July 18th-21st
Metepenagiag Mi’kmaq Nation (Red Bank) Pow Wow- July 26th – 28th
Esgenoôpetitj (Burnt Church) Pow Wow – August 16th-18th