Mi'kmaw Mid Winter Feast

Feast (Wi'kapaltimk Aqtapuk) is an ancient Mi'kmaw Feast. It was celebrated shortly after the first new moon of Punamuiku's(January) Mid-winter was the end of the year and the start of the new ceremonial year for the ancient Mi'kmaq.

The Mid-winter Feast purpose was the presentation of thanksgiving to all the spiritual forces, especially to the Great spirit, for the blessings of life, health, and sustenance and the privilages of social life."  Our ancestors had elaborate celebrations and this being their main one, it was most likely celebrated by speeches, dances rituals and fasting.

The Mid-winter feast was re-newed by Lillian B. Marshall in Chapel Island in 1989 as a result of supporting and showing our appreciation for our hunters who risked prosecution by joining the illegal moose hunt in the Cape Breton Highlands on September 17, 1988 that was staged by the Union of Nova Scotia Indians. The Union was protesting the lack of government action in settling treaty rights disputes, claiming a right to do so under the treaty of 1752.

The Feast has continued to the present day. It consists of a one day thanksgiving celebration with mass at the Chapel and a big meal with traditional mi'kmaw food and entertainment afterwards. It's held on a Sunday following the first new moon of January.