Metepenagiag Heritage Park Inc. and NB’s Archaeological Services Branch of the Dept. of Tourism, Heritage and Culture
2018 Governors' Award
In the summer of 2017, Metepenagiag Heritage Park Inc. and New Brunswick’s Archaeological Services Branch of the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture worked together to repatriate over 60,000 artifacts to the community. Formerly conserved by the Province, the artifacts represent a direct link to the community’s history and to the rich cultural heritage of the Mi’kmaq. The artifacts, which include various tools and copper beads, date back 3,000 years. They were discovered in the 1970s on the shores near the community of Red Bank by local historian Joe Mike Augustine.
About Metepenagiag Heritage Park
Metepenagiag Heritage Park is a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of Red Bank, NB that tells the story of the Mi’kmaq of Metepenagiag. The Park is home to the Augustine Mound and the Oxbow National Historic Sites – two of the most significant aboriginal heritage archaeological sites in Eastern Canada. The Park is a world-class cultural tourism facility where visitors can learn about the ancient Mi’kmaq culture that has existed at its life source for over 3,000 years – including archaeological finds and historic Mi’kmaq ceramic pottery.