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Did You Know ????

- In 1965, the late Graham Isenor of Enfield, as an 18-year-old, was accepted to participate in a 10-day tryout for the Boston Bruins.


- Cathy MacDonald of Elmsdale, is a new community partner/correspondent with the CBC Halifax Information Morning show (90.5 Halifax, 89.1 Truro). The live conversations will take place every six weeks and will be available online as well. 

The subject matter will focus on East Hants.


- LifeSchoolHouse: Enfield is a community-based barter program run by Sara Wood out of her home. The goal is to bring community together, meet new people, learn a new skill or share a skill. Facilitators teach two classes per month and are paid with barter items that you have made or grown. Swaps are held once a month where the attendees trade their items.

- The shipbuilding of Maitland, where the W.D. Lawrence, the largest wooden sailing ship ever built in Canada, was launched in 1874. The ship was designed and built by William Dawson Lawrence. The ship measured 262 feet long and 48 feet wide and had a tonnage of 2459.


- Whiskey peddlers were unscrupulous traders who sold cheap liquor to the shipbuilders and sailors, causing drunkenness and disorder. William Dawson Lawrence led a campaign to drive them out of Maitland and protect his workers from their influence.


- Lower Selma Museum and Heritage Cemetery, which is housed in a former church that was built in 1865 with a plaster interior was hand painted using feathers. The museum has a section dedicated to war heroes, quilts, flags, and a Titanic display. 


- The Walton Lighthouse, which is the last original, shingled, wooden lighthouse in Hants County was built in 1873 and offers a panoramic view of the cliffs and Fundy tides. 


- According to local historian, (John Hawkins) the first farmer in East Hants was Philip Andrew Horn. He bought 700 acres of land on Grand Lake. He established Horne Settlement.

- Back in the day, all non-indigenous people had to be off the reserve by 9pm?


- “Indian Brook” was the colonized name given to Sipekne’katik by the Crown.  Only 10+ years ago, the Chief and Council of the day, reinstated their Mi’kmaq name, Sipekne’katik First Nation.  NS highway signs have not yet been updated to the proper name.


- The Mi’kmaw language was the first language spoken here?


- While the English language consists of 26 letters, the Mi’kmaw language consists of 16 letters: A E I O P T U K J L M N Q S W Y (Y is also a schwa letter)


- Unlike English, the Mi’kmaq language does not have foul/cuss words.


- The first maps did not have names of places like they do today, but rather, they were labelled based on applicable resources in certain areas.  Hence the name Sipekne’katik – means where wild potatoes grow or ground nuts.


- Mic Mac is the English spelling for Mi’Kmaq.


- When speaking Mi’kmaw, your tongue always stays behind your teeth.  Try saying Mother or Father without allowing your tongue to go between your teeth.  Now, imagine being beaten for the intended ‘TH’ sound being pronounced ‘D’.


- When the Europeans arrived here, many were very ill from their trek across the Atlantic Ocean.   Mi’kmaw people helped heal them with their traditional medicines.  Many of those medicines are still used today.

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