Reflecting on the significance of Mi’kmaw naming

A recent piece published by Saint Mary’s University reflects on the significance of naming and how it can contribute to a sense of belonging and community. SMU’s Ta’n Weji-sqalia’tiek Mi’kmaw Place Names Digital Atlas and Website Projectbrought to life the relationship the Mi’kmaq have with the Mi’kma’ki ancient landscape. “The naming of places in Mi’kma’ki was always very logical and descriptive, so our people would know where they were at all times,” said the late Elder Gregory Johnson. The project’s evolution has been driven by the Mi’kmaw community’s vision, and included information from community-based focus groups, interviews, surveys, and discussions which addresses institutions’ need for a scholarly resource. As the Ta’n Weji-sqalia’tie project continues to develop, the website recently had a logo design and colour scheme update which reflect history and the land.