Festival & Events Schedule

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016:

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Opening Ceremonies – Prayers/Drumming/Smudge

Welcoming address by Chief Norman Bernard

Keynote Guest Speakers

Tracey Metallic, Feature Aboriginal Artist

Kevin Howes, Music Producer
(Native North America Album, Grammy Award Nomination under Historical Album)

Introduction of the Peter Frank Music Project
(Live Performances)

*** Lunch from 12:00 pm-12:30 pm ***

12:30 pm

Opening for the Aboriginal Art Exhibit (Downstairs)

Live Artist Paintings
(Tracey Metallic & local artist Darren Julian)
12:30pm – 2:30pm

Art Exhibit OPEN from 12:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Aboriginal Art Exhibit (Wagmatcook Centre – Downstairs)
9:00am – 6:00pm
Open All Day – Free Admission

Mi’kmaw Lecture Series Presentation
10:00am – 12:00pm
Guest Speaker: George Paul, New Brunswick
(Creator of the Mi’kmaw Honour Song)
Topic: Mi’kmaw Culture, Performing some of his Songs & a talk on Mi’kmaw Spirituality

*** Lunch from 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm ***

Presentation by Kevin Howes, Music Producer
12:30pm – 2:00pm
How to get involved in the music industry (Knowing the in’s and out’s of the business)

Mi’kmaw Songs
An evening with George Paul (New Brunswick)
7:00pm – 9:00pm (Wagmatcook Centre Great Hall)

Mr. Paul will perform some songs and share his stories about his cultural and spiritual journey as a Mi’kmaw man from the time that he was a young man learning from his elders and cultural/traditional advisors and how this lead to his personal path towards the creation of the Mi’kmaw Honour Song and other well known pieces of culturally relevant songs and dances.

FREE ADMISSION – Everyone Welcome

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Aboriginal Art Exhibit (Wagmatcook Centre – Downstairs)
9:00am – 6:00pm (Free Admission)

Mi’kmaw Cultural Celebration Day (Wagmatcook Centre – Great Hall)
10:00am – 2:00pm

Table display presentations (Show & Tell Style) will be setup all around the Great Hall where Mi’kmaw presenters will share their knowledge on the various traditional pieces of information on things such as basketry, leather and beadwork, hunting & fishing, the Mi’kmaw language, traditional foods, Mi’kmaw history, Mi’kmaw legends and of course our very own traditional songs and dances.

Individuals will be asked to take part as groups of 10-20 with each one starting at one station. After 20-30 minutes (depending on the size of the total group size and the number of table presenters)each group will rotate clockwise. This will take up the majority of the time there that day. We will take a break for lunch at 12:00pm. Before we start up in the morning and in the afternoon we will be doing a large group “Friendship Dance” to keep everyone positively charged on the intent of the day – “Mi’kmaw Cultural Celebration Day”. Completion of the event will be at 2:00pm.


Comedy Night with Belly Busters Comedy Tour

Wagmatcook Great Hall –  Stage Area
Adult:  Ages 19 & Up
7:00pm – 9:00pm

Please note:  This presentation material is for adults… donations accepted at the door

Admission:  $5.00 / Person

Friday, October 14th, 2016

History of the Mi’kmaw People (Workshops)

10:00 am – 2:00 pm (Great Hall & Downstairs)

Today’s sessions/presentations will be workshop based and will be held both upstairs in the Great Hall but also downstairs of the Wagmatcook Centre. These workshops will be done by the following:

1.  Danny Paul (Membertou) – Traditional History of the Mi’kmaw

2.  Josephine Peck (Wagmatcook) – Mi’kmaw Language Workshop

3.  Joel Denny (Eskasoni) – Traditional Songs & Stories of the Mi’kmaw people.

4.  Robert Bernard (We’koqma’q) – Being Mi’kmaw in Today’s World

Last year’s presentations were very well received! There will also be a break during lunch.  Groups are responsible for their own lunches.  We will provide a seating area.  Please inquire within for more info.

*** LUNCH from 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm ***

12:30pm – 2:00pm
Same workshops / New groups


“The Peter Frank Bernard Aboriginal Music Project”
6:00pm – 9:00pm (Dinner served at 6:00pm)

Tickets will be given out to community members, Elders & invited guests.  If you are very interested to attend, please call the Centre directly at 902-295-2999 or email us at wagmatcookfestival@gmail.com.

As part of this music legacy project we have secured 5 local Mikmaw musicians that will be learning Peter Frank’s songs from his 1979 album, Souriquois Visions. With tremendous support from family we have worked on this project since January 2016 and this live concert is dedicated to this man’s wonderful music. His songs ring through the challenges and plights of the Aboriginal people of the 1970’s and how the Indian Act, governments and bureaucracy have impeded and destroyed cultural growth and protection of traditional knowledge of our people, history, songs, dances and more. It will be a great evening for all to share and join in on!!

In closing, we would like to offer our sincere thank you to all of our supporters, sponsors, volunteers and organizations that have continued to provide help in so many ways!  Your contributions goes towards helping to educate and provide cultural learning and sharing opportunities to our visitors and guests from around the world.  We thank you and we look forward to working with you again next year! 

Our Sponsors

Wagmatcook First Nation

Wagmatcook Culture & Heritage Centre

Canada Council for the Arts

Mi’kmaq*Canada*Nova Scotia Tripartite Forum

Mi’kmaw History Month

Municipality of Victory County

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