Five-part radio series from Liverpool explores Mi’kmaq culture

A new radio documentary series is coming to QCCR 99.3 in Liverpool, exploring First Nations culture of both the past and present on the South Shore.

Starting on April 8 at 10 a.m., hosts Nick Moase and Kinsey Francis take to the airwaves and online in this five-part weekly series, titled Mi'kmaq Voices. The stories are told in the voices of those who lived through the experiences and who are working to keep the culture alive in modern times.

Francis is a Grade 11 student at Liverpool Regional High School, and has worked as a cultural interpreter at White Point Beach Resort. In her role she engaged tourists in Mi'kmaq culture, teaching them about the drumming and practices of first nations people on the South Shore.

Moase is a former newspaper editor and freelance journalist (and frequent contributor to LighthouseNOW), who says he has always had a passion for storytelling. He says having the opportunity to tell stories in a different medium than he was used to was both a challenging and exciting prospect.

"It's a fascinating look at stories I had not heard in the community before," says Moase. "Some stories were more difficult for our guests to tell than others, but I believe they were all important to tell. My hope is the community will find them interesting and informative."

Each show explores a different topic, starting with a first-hand account of attending a residential school in the 1940s. From there the shows will explore traditional plants used for medicine, how some of the many Mi'kmaq crafts are made, and speak with a member of an all women drumming group on the South Shore.

The shows finish off with a look at how the Mi'kmaq language is being taught on the South Shore.

Mi'kmaq Voices was made possible by a grant from the federal government, and generous support from QCCR. More information about the shows can be found online at www.QCCRfm.com

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