Spirituality in Conne River – Mi’kmaq: First Nation people (5/6)


Although the community traces its roots back to at least the 1700s many of its members were assimilated often through marriage into the Catholic church which became the predominant religion of Mi`kmaq people. The Powwow has slowly but surely replaced the importance of St. Anne’s day When St. Annes day used to be social gathering and St. Anne’s day is just a few weeks away. Is that why you decided to have it just bevor St. Anne´s day? I wouldn’t admit that to the bishop no but yes. Chief Myzel Jo has sought federal funding to allow the community to establish a First Nation identity separate from their Catholicism. Though Mi´kmaq spirituality has always been part of their lifes. My father is Roman Catholic but he respects the environment I think like a Mi´kmaq person does. We were walking in the nature park and I noticed the way he walk would sometimes be erratic and you know he’d walk normal then almost like he was walking over things and I asked him you know why he was walking like that. And he took me back to you know to one of the spots where I’d noticed like a change in his pace and he looked and he pointed down and he asked if I noticed anything down there and I told him no it didn’t look any different than anywhere else on the trail. Then he said down there he said there’s a shrew down there it’s a little shrew trail a shrew is like a little mouse i guess like they have a big nose and they’re kind of blind so they kind of run around. And he said there’s a shrew trail there it’s under the snow it’s like a tunnel. And he said if I would walk on that tunnel he said then i’d probably ruin that shrews trail and he wouldn’t know where he’s going when he’d come back from getting his food and you know it’s something that no one else would think about I didn’t think about it. That´s something he knew to avoid doing and that comes from that First Nations side of him I think that being a Mi`kmaq person has shaped his view of the environment. He’s Roman Catholic and I think that he does have some spirituality about him that sets him apart from a Roman Catholic from St. Albans someone whose not a Mi´kmaq. Even though he missed it even though he wasn’t exposed to it you know in person there’s still something deeper that shapes him.

3 thoughts on “Spirituality in Conne River – Mi’kmaq: First Nation people (5/6)

  1. This from a man who use to beat his wife, and sleep around…Chief yes, beat your wife…he's an abuser of women

  2. The Boy In the picture is my grandfather, Ben Stride. Interesting because i have just had my status as a mi,kmaq indian taken away

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