Learning from the Ancestors: Archaeology and Indigenous History in the Maritime Provinces of Canada


This video explores Indigenous perspectives in the field of archaeology.  For too long, archaeology has been dominated by non-Indigenous people exploiting archeaological sites that are important and sacred to Indigenous Peoples.  As noted in the video, "It is not a one-sided relationship anymore."  The field is changing, with more Indigenous Peoples taking an interest in becoming archaeologists so that there is Indigenous oversight and a real Indigenous presence in this work.  The video explores how Indigenous knowledge and archaeology can "lift each other up."

Acknowledgement Protocol

Please read this Acknowledgement before the start of this video to respect the knowledge that is being shared and the Land of the People where the knowledge originates:

The authors gratefully acknowledge that the unceded territories of the Mi’kmaq, Wolastoqiyik, Peskotomuhkadi, and all First Peoples of these territories made this lesson plan possible. The rich cultural history of these Peoples established the sites that we study.



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Creative Team

Name Role/Job Title Place
Cora Woolsey Postdoctoral Fellow University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB
Patsy McKinney Executive Director Under One Sky Friendship Centre, Fredericton, NB
Nancy Oakley Mi'kmaq and Wampanoag Artist Eskasoni First Nation
Richard Zane Smith Wyandot Artist eastern Oklahoma
Verlé Harrop NCCIE Regional Lead, Atlantic Canada Fredericton, NB

This video is about:

Indigenous perspectives in archaeology
in: the unceded territories of the Mi’kmaq, Wolastoqiyik, Peskotomuhkadi Peoples, NB

Video Details

Length of Video 16:11 minutes
Is there content in this video that is inappropriate to show young children? No


Please contact Verlé Harrop  for more information.