Halifax Schools will start each day with this saying:
“We acknowledge that we are in Mi’kma’ki, which is the traditional ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq people.”
The Halifax School Board has recently made a major policy shift about how their students and teachers will start each day. Each morning, the students and the teachers, ‘acknowledge that we are in Mi’kma’ki’ The underlying psychology, the water running deep, is that Mi’kma’ki is real, and alive, and now. Mi’kma’ki pre-dates Nova Scotia, and by its longevity, it is more solid, more lasting. By beginning each day acknowledging that we live in Mi’kma’ki, we come to feel that they are truly in Mi’kma’ki. When we recognize where we are, we feel complete and whole, and we feel that we are where we should be. This is how non-first Nations come to reconcile that their ancestors came to a foreign land and pretended it was just a new version of the land where they came from. This is a true and powerful step towards reconciliation.