Ula na ajipjululoq kjijitunew - This Is What I Wish You Knew

October 6, 2017

This exhibit is proudly presented in partnership with the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Center in Halifax.

This Is What I Wish You Knew is an exhibit featuring a selection of tiles created by members of the urban aboriginal community in Halifax.   Through their art, each participant has carved and painted their personal story while sharing the challenges and diverse experiences of the Mi’kmaw community throughout our region.  We invite you to enjoy the beauty of the tiles and learn how the history of Nova Scotia’s Mi’kmaw community is reflected in the personal journeys of the artists and their works of art.

New Exhibit Explores Mi’kmaq History Through Mi’kmaq Community

Nova Scotians can learn more about the personal challenges and diverse experiences of the Mi’kmaq community through a new exhibit at the Museum of Natural History.

Leo Glavine, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage attended the opening of “This is what I wish you knew,” today, Oct. 5.

“The Mi’kmaq are Nova Scotia’s first people.  As such, it is important that we all understand, acknowledge and embrace their culture,” said Mr. Glavine. “I welcome all Nova Scotians to visit the exhibit to witness the beauty of the tiles and learn more about the history of our Mi’kmaq community.” 

The exhibit is presented in partnership with the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre in Halifax. It combines fourteen hand-made tiles and personal video reflections from fourteen Mi’kmaq community members who created the artwork. Each piece expresses the diversity, strength and courage of Nova Scotia’s Mi’kmaw community through the artists own personal experiences.

"This was about giving individuals within the urban context the opportunity to express how they struggle; to express who they are, and to have a voice and the courage to say what they really need to say,” said Pam Glode-Desrochers, executive director of the Mi'kmaq Native Friendship Centre.  “It is important that people understand who and what we are."

The exhibit reflects actions featured in Nova Scotia’s Culture Action Plan: Creativity and Community, including enabling Mi’kmaq telling Mi’kmaq stories, enhancing opportunities for Mi’kmaq cultural expression and partnering with the Mi’kmaq Native Friendship Center.