Community & Culture

Photo of a Wi'kuom, a traditional style Mi’kmaw dwelling, constructed by a local Eskasoni resident, Mr. Darrell Morris.

With a population base of close to seven hundred (700) people living in the small village of Wagmatcook First Nation, the community straddles the Bras D’or Lakes and is one of five (5) Mi’kmaw First Nation communities of Unama’ki (Cape Breton Island, N.S.). Newly elected in the summer of 2010 is Chief Norman Bernard and he currently has a six (6) person Council that work together to address the needs of the community. There is approximately 210 full and part time staff in the community throughout the calendar year (including summer students) that work together for the benefit of the community.


The majority of the population that is over thirty (30) years of age still speak the Mi’kmaw language fluently but with the younger population it is proving to be tougher and tougher to hold onto. The Wagmatcook Culture & Heritage Centre plays a pivotal role, along with the Wagmatcook School, as well as the parents of these youth to maintain the importance of the language and history of the Mi’kmaw people.

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Wagmatcook Centre Public Notice: (As of 11am March 14th)

Due to telephone lines being out today our debit machines are down at the Center for our tobacco shop and the Post Office until they are back up after repairs are done to the system. Cash only for the moment. The CleanWave Restaurant also has no phone to call in orders but their debit machine works as it is on internet lines fyi. We are still open all day for all departments.

Also, due to no phone lines we cannot have TV Bingo tonight (Wednesday) unless the phone lines are repaired before book sales begin at 4:00pm. We will post further notices and updates throughout the day.

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