Photo Essay: Old photos of Mi’kmaq appear on Moncton property on Canada Day

Photo by Patty Musgrave

Residents in Moncton, N.B. woke up on Canada Day to find several posters of old photographs of Mi’kmaw people glued to city property.

Patty Musgrave, who lives and works in Moncton, says she noticed the posters early Sat. morning while she was on her way to get coffee.

Photo by Patty Musgrave

“It appears that they’re Mi’kmaw ancestors to me,” Musgrave said in a phone interview Sat.

Musgrave, who is Mi’kmaw/Irish originally from Sydney, N.S., took several photographs of the posters and posted them on Facebook.

Photo by Patty Musgrave

“I would say the purpose of whoever put them up, the purpose would be directly related to Canada 150 and the “Unsettling Canada” initiative that is happening across the country,” Musgrave said.

Photo by Patty Musgrave

“I think they’re fantastic, they’re awesome,” Musgrave said.

“Kudos to whoever did it,” she added.

Photo by Patty Musgrave

Musgrave says the old photographs remind Canadians there is a different perspective on Canada 150 celebrations.

Photo by Patty Musgrave

“Don’t forget who we are, who was here first and don’t forget what has happened to us through the years of confederation,” Musgrave said.


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Maureen Googoo is an award-winning journalist from Indian Brook First Nation (Sipekne'katik) in Nova Scotia. She has worked in news for 30 years for media outlets such as CBC Radio, the Chronicle-Herald and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. Maureen has an arts degree in political science from Saint Mary's University in Halifax, a post-graduate degree in journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto and a Masters degree in journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City.