Mi'k Maq

Information about the Mi'k Maq

Mi’k·maq (plural Mi’k·maq, Mi’k·maqs) or Mic·mac (plural Mic·mac, Mic·macs). noun.

The Mi'kmaq (also Míkmaq, Micmac, Mi'gmaq are a First Nations people indigenous to northeastern New England, Canada's Maritimes, and the Gaspé Peninsula of Quebec. The word Mi'gmaw is the singular form of Mi'gmaq. The Nation has a population of about 20,000 of whom approximately one-third still speak the Algonquian Mi'kmaq language, which was once written in Mi'kmaq hieroglyphic writing and is now written using most letters of the standard English alphabet.

In the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, October is deemed Mi'kmaq History Month and the entire Nation celebrates Treaty Day annually on October 1st.


The spiritual capital of the Mi'kmaq nation is the gathering place of the Mi'kmaq Grand Council, Mniku or Chapel Island in the Bras d'Or Lakes of Cape Breton Island. The island also the site of the St. Anne Mission, an important pilgrimage site for the Mi'kmaq. The island has been declared a historic site. (CBC)

The name "Quebec" is thought to derive from a Mi'kmaq word meaning "strait," referring to the narrow channel of the Saint Lawrence River near the city site.

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