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Pjila'si - Welcome to Mawita'mk

Our Mission

Mawita'mk ('Being Together') is a volunteers Mi'kmaq charitable society. We value and support the gifts of people with disabilities and our youth. We strive to see that they receive services and supports within their cultural community.

Cultural Teachings

Elders at Mawita'mk

Every week elders visit Mawita'mk to work on special projects and share knowledge with our members. They provide opportunities for healing and growth in our community.

Activities

Mawita'mk members keep an active schedule. Between fundraising activities, work, cultural events and sports and recreation, there is never a dull moment! Each month we visit the pool in Port Hawkesbury for some time in the water.

Meaningful Work

Staff and volunteers assist members at Mawita'mk to find meaningful work. Developing new skills and abilities creates a sense of satisfaction, pride, and purpose for all of us.

Mawita’mk Society is a registered charitable society that promotes volunteerism within First Nation communities and celebrates the gifts of aboriginal people with disabilities.

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Since 1986 we have been working together as volunteers to provide community based options for Mi’kmaq people with disabilities. In 2001, Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy, Margaret Poulette and Tom Gunn created a not-for-profit Mi’kmaq Organization called Mawitam’k (Being Together).

The Grand Chief and Elders were concerned that aboriginal people who needed community based supports had to leave their cultural community to access services. This added to their disability and increased their sense of isolation. A community of volunteers, support staff, members, partners, family and friends have enabled the dream to have real homes and real jobs for Mi'kmaq people with disabilities to grow.

In April 2007, Ni’kinen House (Our House) was opened in Waycobah First Nation, the first community group home on a Reserve in Canada.

In 2006 we were able to reach an agreement with the Federal Government to construct a community home and supported apartments for Mi’kmaq people with disabilities in We’koqma’q.

We are proud to be a non-political, charitable society that promotes volunteerism and good governance. We are funded through Indian Affairs and other donations and licensed and inspected by the Province of Nova Scotia.

We have developed four supervised/assisted living apartments for persons with disabilities and/or mental health concerns. We can provide community living options for up to 5 people in the supported apartments.
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Mawita'mk News & Events

Interview with Joey Gould

April 5, 2019

https://vimeo.com/306025753 Password: Archives 2

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Family Day Celebrations

January 17, 2019

Mawita’mk will be celebrating Family Day on February 18th, 2019. We’re looking for families to register for a fun game of Family Feud. Call Mawita’mk to register your Family Team @ 902-756-2992. More details of the days events will follow.

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Peak Cap Workshop

December 7, 2018

Dec. 27-29th MIKMAQ PEAK CAP WORKSHOP WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION This is an expensive workshop to coordinate so we are having one workshop for 15 participants from Unamaki. It is being coordinated and co-funded by 3 agencies, Eskasoni Mental Health RSS team, UNSI Mental Wellness Team and Mawitamk. Participants will be receiving instructions to create their own…

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Explorations in Unama’ki’ CBC Information Morning Cape Breton Visiting First Nation Communities

December 7, 2018

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/information-morning-explorations-of-unama-ki-1.4845844

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Atlantic Voice: Healing One Stitch At A Time

October 10, 2018

“Joan Weeks brings us the story of the resilient women and men of Waycobah First Nation in Nova Scotia. Survivors of residential school, they are finding healing one stitch at a time with the sewing of regalia for the community’s children.” Listen below to the CBC radio program describing the project undertaken by Elders at…

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Outings & Vacation

Holidays and travel are highlights in all of our lives. At Mawita'mk, we take members on vacations, so they can enjoy the rewards of exploring new places.

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