Mi’kmaq History and People: November - Keptekewikús - Rivers About To Freeze Month
Pjila'si (welcome). In November, Mi'kmaq groups in Newfoundland historically moved inland to hunt moose, caribou and beaver. It was a time of preparation for a long hard winter. Many inportant events have occurred in November. Please check out the following list:
Welálin (thank you).
- November 1 - Nepkik Alasutmelsewujik - Prayers for the Dead - All Saints Day
- November 2, 1990 - First issue of the Micmac Maliseet Nations News in Nova Scotia is published this month.
- November 4, 1993 - Nimbus Publishers launch Daniel N. Paul's ground breaking book, "We Were Not the Savages". Nearly 300 people attend the event including Nova Scotia Premier John Savage, who apparently, was one of the Savages.
- November 4, 2004 - The exhibition The Mi’kmaw People of Newfoundland: A Celebration opens in St. John’s.
- November 5, 1754 - Joseph Lejeune and Martine Leroy are married in Acadie
- November 11 - Sma'knisk Na'kwekmuow - Remembrance Day - Our local war veterans
- November 12, 1985 - Dr. Marie Battiste is named Woman of the Year by the Sydney Business & Professional Women's Club.
- November 13, 2017 - Work started on the Edna May Benoit Learning Centre, which is a new wing on the Benoit First Nation Building. The Centre is
used by the Mi'kmaw community for distance learning programs that will include language, and other training opportunities.
- November 16, 1831 - Simon Poirier and Edesse Cormier are married at Cheticamp, N.S.
November 16, 1995 - Mi'kmaw Education Authority in N.S. changes its name to Mi'kmaw Kina'masuti (Mi'kmaw Education).
- November 17, 1865 - Peter Jesseau and Elizabeth Barry of Sheaves Cove are married at Sandy Point, NL.
November 17, 1977 - Mi'kmaw Elder Mary Jane (Mariam Joannain) Young of Red Brook, NL. passes away. She was daughter of Valentine "Tiny" Young and Anny Nany Benoit. She was married to Edmond Jesso and then to Michael Benoit. She is buried in the De Grau cemetery.
November 17, 1865 - Peter (Jesso) Jesseau and Elizabeth Barry were married at Sandy Point, NL. They were one of the first families to settle in Sheaves Cove, NL. Their families came from the bras d'Or Lakes area of Cape Breton, N.S.
- November 19, 1794 - Jay Treaty means Mi'kmaq may pass freely over Canada - U.S. border.
November 19, 1915 - Mi'kmaw Elder Elizabeth Reneau, daughter of Julien Reneau and Elizabeth March and wife of Phillip-Nazaire Chiasson passes away. She is buried in the Cape St. George Cemetery in Newfoundland.
- November 19, 1990 - Mike Martin, dies at Halifax - a Mi'kmaq trapper born in Newfoundland in 1908
- November 21, 1752 - Treaty is signed by Jean Baptiste Cope (Chief Copit or "Beaver"), Andrew Hadley Martin, Gabriel Martin, and Francoise Jeremie and His Majesty and subjects and the Governor of Nova Scotia Peregrine Thomas Hopson Esquire.
November 21, 2003 - Preliminary negotiations begin between Canada, the Federation of
Newfoundland Indians and Newfoundland and Labrador are announced that will explore the possibility of creating a landless band concept in Newfoundland and Labrador and outlining founding membership criteria.
November 21, 1991 - Grand Chief Donald Marshall Sr. receives posthumous Tom Miller Award for Human Rights.
November 21, 1913 - Ellen (Damort) Damois of De Grau, daughter of Victor Damois and Victoria Luca passes way. She was first wife of Joseph "Joe-Mic" Benoit. She is bureied in the Cape St. George cemetery.
- November 24, 1765 - Surveyor General of the colony, Samuel Holland, in Nova Scotia, reports, "The Indians are very peaceful and strongly desire a priest. Also they desire a track of land along St. Patrick's Lake and channel....for the convenience of hunting and in which they might not be molested by any European settler...But as [Saqamaw] Jeannot [Peguidalouet], their Chief in this land, was not yet returned from Newfoundland, to which place he went last fall, they could not fix upon the extent they would have, until they saw him".
- November 27, 1860 - Dominic Poirier and Bridgette Felicite Alexandre are married at Sandy Point, St. Georges, Newfoundland.
November 27, 1792 - Lt. Governor Macarmick grants Chapel Island to the Mi'kmaq. Chiefs Francis Baske and Michael Tomma receive permission to construct a church there. Baske and Tomma resided in what is now Westmount, Nova Scotia.
Cape St. George, NL.
November 1, 2005
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