Cultural Outreach Officer Paul Pike says the Mi’kmaq language is the original language of this area which was replaced over the years.
The Mi’kmaq language and culture is making a comeback in the Corner Brook area. Paul Pike is a Cultural Outreach Officer with the Qalipu First Nations Band. On Bayfm’s Qalipu Today with Lenny Benoit this week, Pike says the Mi’kmaq language is the original language of this area which was replaced over the years. Pike says an elder named Margaret Johnson told him back in the early nineties that people in the area could still speak and understand Mi’kmaq. He says she stayed with his family in Curling and would sell baskets after coming in on the train. Pike says Indigenous people have an interdependent relationship with the environment. He says there are traditional stories that help them understand. Pike says winter was always a hard time for people and the animals they depend on. He says that’s why at this time of year, they make an offering of food on a spirit plate and prayers for an early spring.