‘This touched my spirit’
Membertou Heritage Park recognized for its cultural experience
The Membertou Heritage Park was recognized with an award at the International Aboriginal Tourism Conference.
The best indoor cultural experience award was presented to the local First Nation community last December.
The conference participants were told the park provides one of the best indoor experiences among heritage parks.
The Membertou park consists of a five-acre site that offers a living history of the Mi’kmaq community. It also includes a large indoor exhibit that immerses visitors into an ancient culture with tour guides on site.
The newest addition to the park is a hockey stick crafted more than 100 years ago.
General manager Jeff Ward was honoured to have his establishment gain such high praise.
“This touched my spirit. I put my heart and soul into this and it’s great to see hard work pay off,” he said.
Ward encourages anybody who hasn’t been to the park to visit whenever they get the chance.
“This is not just an exhibit for First Nations, everybody is welcome to come and learn our history.”
Ward was once told the opposite of love is fear. People fear what they do not know and that’s why people feared the Mi’kmaq culture for so long, he says.
“Visiting the park will allow people to not only understand our past, but connect with us spiritually.”
For more information, go to www.membertouheritagepark.com. Kyle LaRusic is a second-year student in the journalism program at Holland College in Charlottetown, P.E.I. He is on a four-week internship at the Cape Breton Post.
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