About this Guide
Unama'ki (Cape Breton Island) has been home to L'nu or Mi’kmaq for millennia and includes the five Mi'kmaw communities of Membertou, Eskasoni, Potlotek, Wagmatcook, and We'koqma'q. Cape Breton University recognizes its foundation on ancestral and unceded Mi’kmaw territory and is committed to honouring and embracing the knowledge, wisdom, and traditions of the Mi’kmaq throughout its teaching, research and community engagement. The Treaties of Peace and Friendship, which Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) People first signed with the British Crown in 1725, cover this territory. The treaties did not deal with surrender of lands and resources but in fact recognized Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations. The Beaton Institute acknowledges the Archive was founded and operates in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaw People.
Through the research, development, and publication of a Guide to the Mi’kmaw Holdings at the Beaton Institute in 2011 the goal has been to raise awareness to Mi'kmaw documentary heritage held in the Beaton Institute of Cape Breton University and to provide access to these important archival resources for the benefit of students, faculty, researchers, and the public.
This publication is intended to help you, the researcher, locate material relating to Mi’kmaw history and culture held within the holdings of the Beaton Institute. These historically significant documents include government documents, private manuscript collections, books, maps, reports, periodicals, newspapers, photographs, and sound and moving image recordings.
Creating a Guide to the Mi’kmaw Holdings at the Beaton Institute was imperative because of the variety of formats and wide dispersal of materials within fonds and collections held at the Beaton Institute. These diverse materials have significant informational value and are regularly accessed by researchers of all kinds. The guide is organized into two parts: a brief introduction to the vision statement, policies, and services of the Beaton Institute and the Guide to the Mi'kmaw Holdings. You can access the Guide via the PDF link below. Some of the content has been added to the Digital Archives but the majority of the records are not yet in our database.
The contents of this guide are held in trust by the Archives for the purposes of the preservation and access. While this material belongs to our communities foremost, the Beaton will continue to act in the spirit of responsible and sustainable stewardship.
Disclaimer: The Beaton Institute attempts to present historical documents to researchers as a record of the past. As a result, collections found in the Archive may contain materials that are offensive, stereotyped, or prejudiced. The Beaton Institute does not endorse the views expressed in these materials nor do they represent the opinions of Cape Breton University or the Archive.
Wjit Ula Ta’n Teli-Ilumuek
Mi’kma’q na Unama’kikewaq ta’n etekl nankl lnue’kati’l; Maupeltu, Essisoqnik Potlotek, Wa’qmitkuk, aq We’koqma’q. Weja’tekemk kisi-panuijkatmik koquey, kisa’tumk aq kisi-wi’kmik tan teli-ilumuek wjit tan Mi’kmawey koquey teli-klo’tasik Beaton Institu’tk, teli-mnuekeyek kjijitasin koquey kisi-wikasik Mi’kmawey etl-klo’tasik Beaton Institutk Unama’kik Espi-Kina’matnewo’kuomk aq nqamasian teli-msnmik ula sa’qewe’l espite’tasikl kisi-wekketen, wjit newtqo’ltijik weliaqmuow, wjit nuji-kina’mua’tite’wk ta’nik panuijkatmi’tij koquey aq ktikik mimajuinu’k.
Ula kisi-wikasik teltek apoqnmulin, kwilmin koquey, we’jitun koquey mi’kmawey ta’n etek sa’qewey koquey Pi’tn Institu’tk etl-klo’tasik. Ula sa’qewe’l ta’n teliaqip koquey keknu’wikasikl wiaqtekl kapmnte’l wi’katiknn, na’tuen kisi-wi’kikl mawo’tasikl, wi’katiknn, wi’katiknn telimskl ta’n telteskmik tami, aknutmaqnn, ekinua’taqnn, wasoqitestasikewe’l aq ta’n nutmikl/nemitumkl napuikasikewe’l. Ula lukwaqn wejiaq ta’n te’sik Mi’kmawey koquey wiaqtek Ethnoculturally Koquey, Pi’tn Institu’t kisi-il-wi’kikip1985ek, aq kisi-to’qi-ankaptikipnn wi’katiknn kisi-mawitasikl ki’s piamiw tapuiska’q je na’n tesi-punqekl klaman ula Ilumuek na nike, tetpaqtetew aq ta’n telo’ltimk menaqa tli-nmitasitew ula etekl etli-klo’tasikl.
Eltumk ula “Ilumuek Pi’tn Institutk wjit Mi’kmawey Koquey Etli-anko’tasik “ kiaspi-nuta’q meta kaqsmilamu’kl formatl aq pukwelamu’kl koque’l etekl ta’n etli-mawta’sik koquey Pi’tn Institutk. Ula piltuamu’kl koque’l kaqi’sk ewe’wmi’titl kwiluasultite’wk kaqismilamuksultiji meta pikwelk kelu’lk kjijitaqn etek. Ta’n Teli-Ilumuek niktua’tasik ta’pu: mu pukwel wikasin wjit Vision Statement, policiesl, aq services wejiaql Pi’tn Institute aq tan teli-Ilumuek Wjit Mi’kmawey Koquey.
Ta’n koquey etek wjit ula Ta’n Teli-Ilumuek wjit Mi’kmawey koquey Pi’tn Institu’tk wel-klo’tasik ta’n etekl koque’l sa’qewe’l klaman sko’ten nekaw aq nqamasiatew teli-we’wmik. Tli’a na ula koquey tleyawik wutanminal tumk, Pi’tn Institute siawi klo’tew koquey menaqa aq menaqa anko’tew.