STEPHEN KEPTIN AUGUSTINE
MI’KMAQ HEREDITARY CHIEF
THE UNIVERSE OF THE FIRST NATIONS
THE RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE BASQUES
KOLDO MITXELENA monday 20th May 19:30h
Dr. Stephen Augustine, he is originally from the Sigenigtog First Nation, New Brunswick (Canada); he is Hereditary Chief in the Mi’kmaq Grand Council.
Now, he is the Dean of the Unama’ki College & Aboriginal Learning, at the Cape Breton University, in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada.
As ethnologist, he has worked during the last 17 years up to 2013 as Curator of the First Nations collections of the Eastern Maritimes Ethnology (link to map), in the Canadian Museum of Civilizations (Video).
He is one of the seven representatives to the UN and UNESCO of the First Nations of Canada.
He forms part of the organization that takes care of legal questions for the First Nations before the Supreme Court of Canada.
Dr. Augustine makes us understand the concept of those people, about, the transmission of the intangible, orality and mythology of the First Nations from the northeastern woodlands of the North Atlantic.
A philosophy that makes us similar, and unites us, that creates signs of identity that we share on this side of the Atlantic. The presence of nature in our daily life, our pidgin Basque-Algonquin shared language.
There is a key to his linage, precisely, to the expeditioners, sent by Henri III de Navarre* in 1605 under the command of Pierre Dugua sieur de Mons, founder of Port Royal.
Of that time, there exits the first registry, of an inhabitant of that Atlantic coast, identified on a document, as a traditional Chief of the region, known today as Bear River in Nova Scotia.
There, was raised the enclave of the "L'Habitation de Port Royal" which was built by the crew and soldiers at the service of the then King of France and Navarre.
This Stephen's ancestor, a man extremely long lived for those times; baptized with the name of Henri in homage to the master of those sent to establish the territory of the Nouvelle France. The Mi'kmaq understood all this, as if it were a validation to a friendship treaty with the Europeans.
*Henry III of Navarre, son of Jeanne D'Albret inherited in 1572 the throne of the kingdom of Navarre, and later was crowned Henry IV of France.