|Record #: ACO0125||Last Modified: 12 Feb 2019||Last Full Update: 12 Feb 2019|
|Where To Find Us|
|Areas Served||Antigonish County|
|Mailing Address||7 Dillion St, RR 1
Afton, NS B0H 1A0
|Description & Services|
|Information||Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation is a vibrant, deeply spirited and genuinely welcoming community that is a stopping point for many Mi’kmaw people travelling to and from Unama’ki. Travelers are always welcome guests in Paqtnkek, where the friendly people instinctively make anyone feel right at home. Guests can find comfort and privacy at the Entertainment Centre, grab convenience items at locally operated businesses or stop at the Gas Bar to top off their tanks, just as First Nations peoples from the mainland and Cape Breton have been doing for decades.
By harnessing its strong cultural history and reliance on the land as key tools, Paqtnkek is forming and developing economic and social ventures that will embody its past, present and future.
Each year, the community participates in many social gatherings, showcasing their culture at the annual Pow-Wow. The public is invited to watch traditional dancers, listen to the rich sounds of ancient drums, considered the heartbeat of the Mi’kmaw Nation, and even purchase Mi’kmaw craft items created by community artists. Another significant date is Saint Anne’s Day, when the entire community honors the Mi’kmaq Patron Saint, every July 26th ,at religious celebrations at Summerside Mission, renewing their faith while ensuring future generations continue to come together to celebrate their heritage.
|Tags||Highland Connect ; Recreation Categories|