Park West School

October is Mi'kmaq History Month


Sqaliaqnn Tel-nenmumkl aqq Tel-we’wmumkl / Plant Knowledge and Use

As Mi’kmaq, we have always recognized the important role that plants play in our culture and livelihood. From harvesting plants for nourishment and healing to the gathering of plants to make art and for use in ceremony, plants are and have always been, an essential resource for the Mi’kmaq. This year’s poster draws on this knowledge and highlights the significance of plants, not just as a source of food but as an integral part of Netukulimk – our way of life. Combining ancestral practices with a contemporary point of view, the poster features the four sacred colours and the four sacred plants as the primary motive. The use of traditional knowledge, along with scientific knowledge, helps to improve our understanding of the health and habitats of key plant species and allows us to better protect ecosystems across Mi’kma’ki.