Uncle’s inspiration, mother’s support lead to Tanya’s dedication to project

  Late Chief Mickey Augustine, Tanya Augustine                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Her mother Linda’s constant support and belief in education gave Tanya Augustine the confidence to leave Metepenagiag to make her own way in the world.             The death of her uncle, the late Chief Michael “Mickey” Augustine, brought her home.             “I came home when Uncle […]

Wilfred Ward knows the old stories and ways

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wilfred Ward             Wilfred Ward is a Metepenagiag Heritage Park Inc. board member, community Elder, and one of the three original members of the committee set up to decide what to do with artifacts recovered from the archaeological explorations. The others are Joe Mike Augustine’s daughter, Madeline Ward, President and Chair of The […]

Overwhelmed with respect for enduring people – Patricia Allen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oxbow Crew from either 1978 or 1979.  Back row, left to right: Gilbert Matchett, Scott Finley, Howard Augustine, Patrick Levi, Edward Levi; Center row: Carmella Levi, Adele Emin, Rhonda Dunnett, Glenda McAllister, Madeline Augustine,Pat Allen; Front Row: Toni Paul, Tommy Haddad, Mary Louise Cloud, Albert Ferguson.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Delbert Ward, as a student, […]

Archeologist calls Metepenagiag Heritage Park a model for First Nations relations

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Dr. Chris Turnbull            After Metepenagiag Chief Donald Ward had known Dr. Chris Turnbull for about three years, he told him “I have decided to trust you.”           Turnbull, the very first archaeologist hired by the Province of New Brunswick, had met Joe Mike Augustine in September 1972. Paul Morrissy, Director of Native Studies at […]

Oxbow dig student worker heads Metepenagiag Heritage Park

                                                                                                                                                                        Metepenagiag Heritage Park – ©Nelson Cloud           In the summer of 1984, powerful emotions washed over a raven-haired young Mi’kmaq woman as she stared at a few bones in her hand. She realized, for the first time, her connection to ancient traditions and culture and ancestors who had lived on the same spot for 3000 […]

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