Songs, Stories and Sacred Fire: Fostering Reconciliation Through Collaborative Research in Unama’ki

This is a program of research activities through which we will create and compile materials about L’nu and broader Indigenous histories and experiences related to military history. Our materials are to guide the Atlantic Memorial Park Society in its development of Indigenous content at their new heritage site in North Sydney. Songs, Stories and Sacred Fire: Fostering Reconciliation through Collaborative Research in Unama’ki is a collaborative arts-based project, grounded in Indigenous knowledge and traditions. Our project team involves a partnership a group of researchers based at the Centre for Sound Communities, involving multiple generations of researchers from Membertou First Nation and Cape Breton University, and the Atlantic Memorial Park Society. Our project includes many different activities and outcomes to foster dialogue across Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, and to facilitate lasting social impact for our work. It includes education and public programming; publications; and the production of digital media (e.g., audio and video recordings). Participants of the project will be involved in a variety of Indigenous and arts-based research processes including film screenings of earlier collaborative research, creative workshops, teepee storytelling sessions, digital storytelling workshops

Faculty Supervisor:

Marcia Ostashewski


Michelle MacQueen


Membertou Development Corporation




Aboriginal affairs


Cape Breton University



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