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The Mi'kmaq have lived in Nova Scotia for thousands of years. At the time of Champlain's first arrival in Green Bay, there were two Mi'kmaq settlements in the area, which were noted on Champlain's first map. When deRazilly established Fort Sainte Marie de Grace in 1632, the French settlers traded and socialized with the Mi'kmaq. Over the next one hundred years, Acadians and Mi'kmaq lived together, intermarried and had a peaceful co-existence throughout Lunenburg County.
Ellen Hunt (nee Walsh) is a Mi'kmaq Elder and a former Director on the Board of the Lunenburg County Historical Society. Ms. Hunt, originally from St. Joseph's Cove, Bay d'Espoir, has been living in Nova Scotia since 1977. She is a founding member of the Mi'kmaq Burial Ground Research and Restoration Association, and did extensive research to find the Burial Grounds of Mi'kmaq and Acadians at Sperry's Beach in Petite Riviere, NS. She was able to clean and restore the site with the help of the land owner and the Native Council of Nova Scotia. For more information and photos of the area: www.danielnpaul.com/Mi'kmaqBurialGround.html
The MBGRRA is a volunteer not-for-profit under the societies act since 2004. The society works alongside communities to protect sacred sites, in all Mi’kmaq districts directly related to Mi’kmaq Language and Culture. Fort Point Museum has a symbolic Mi'kmaq Village on the grounds, and many artifacts in the museum. (see photo gallery)