Mi’kmaq & Maliseet Culture

Aboriginal Culture of New Brunswick

We’re proud of our First Nations heritage and the ongoing cultural enrichment provided by the Mi’kmaq (sometimes spelled Mi kmaq or Mikmaq) and Maliseet people in New Brunswick.

The Mi’kmaq territories, culture and powwows are found mostly in the north and east regions of the province, while the Maliseet communities live in a large area spreading from the Madawaska (northwest), along the St. John River Valley, to the south.

You can enjoy aboriginal festivals, events and powwows that celebrate and embrace native language and uphold aboriginal heritage.

You can also connect – authentically – to our aboriginal heritage through experiences at Metepenagiag Heritage Park, Eel River Bar First Nation and Esgenoôpetitj First Nation, where you’ll have the opportunity to sample traditional food, listen to aboriginal stories and folklore or enjoy the festive activities of a powwow alongside a First Nation guide.

Looking to experience a powwow? Check out the New Brunswick powwow calendar.

Burnt Church (Esgenoôpetitj) First Nation Annual Powwow

The Esgenoôpetitj First Nation invites you to its powwow. Immerse yourself in Aboriginal traditions of teaching, learning, singing, dancing, feasting, sharing and healing.