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About the Mi'kmaq Confederacy


An old Mi'kmaq story describes how Kluskap, a Mi'kmaq hero, carefully and thoughtfully placed the territory of Epekwitk on the gentle laughing waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Kluskap then slept on its sandy beach, waking years later with a strong conviction to protect the integrity of this serene island. He then devoted his time on earth to this task. 

The story of Kluskap's creation is symbolic of the modern day efforts, realized in the creation of the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of Prince Edward Island, to continue protecting the territorial integrity of Epekwitk. The Mi'kmaq occupation of Epekwitk, known today as the province of Prince Edward Island, dates back thousands of years. 

Since the inception of the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of Prince Edward Island in April 2, 2002, MCPEI’s mission is to strengthen the Mi’kmaq people of PEI by: promoting knowledge and understanding of Mi’kmaw rights, culture and traditions; providing a common forum for PEI First Nations to advance Treaty and Aboriginal rights; developing capacity within First Nation communities; and working collaboratively with other government and community organizations dedicated to supporting the well-being of Mi’kmaq people.

 
MCPEI is ruled by the following mandate: 
  • Aboriginal and Treaty Rights Forum - MCPEI is the common forum and united voice for the advancement of Treaty and Aboriginal rights for the Lennox Island and Abegweit First Nations.
  • Tribal Council - as a Tribal Council MCPEI provides advisory services to member First Nation Councils in five key areas: band governance, community planning, financial, economic development and technical services.
  • PTO (Provincial Territorial Organization) - as a PTO MCPEI serves as a provincial forum for the Lennox Island and Abegweit First Nations on political and policy issues.
  • Programs and Services - MCPEI currently delivers a wide range of programs and services, some of which serve the entire PEI Aboriginal population.  These include Aboriginal Justice, Aboriginal Skills Employment Training Strategy (ASETS), Health, Aboriginal Sports Circle, Education, Family PRIDE Program, Integrated Resource Management, MCPEI-Parks Canada Joint Projects, and Event Planning. 

Our Head Office is located in Lennox Island. Our employees deliver programs and services throughout Prince Edward Island and are located in offices in Summerside, Charlottetown, Scotchfort and Rocky Point.