Social Services and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) provided the major funding for this research. First, in 2010, we were awarded a three-year, SSHRC Aboriginal Research Program Grant totalling $250,000, with a fourth, extension year, which we needed to complete the project. The partners are the grant are as follows:

  • Principal Investigator: Trudy Sable, PhD., Office of Aboriginal and Northern Research, Saint Mary’s University
  • Co-Applicant: Tim Bernard, Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq (CMM)
  • Co-Applicant: Rob Ferguson, Parks Canada
  • Co-Applicant: Heather MacLeod-Leslie, Kwilmu’kw Maw-klusuaqn Negotiation Office (KMKNO)
  • Collaborator: Roger Lewis, Nova Scotia Museum
  • Collaborator: Deborah Ginnish, Mi’kmaq Association of Cultural Studies (MACS)
  • Partner: Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq (CMM)
  • Partner: Mi’kmaq Association for Cultural Studies (MACS)
  • Partner: Nova Scotia Museum
  • Partner: Parks Canada, Atlantic Region
  • Partner: Treaty and Aboriginal Rights Research Centre (TARR)

A support letter also provided by Kwilmu’kw Maw-klusuaqn Negotiation Office

In 2011, Dr. Sable submitted a second application for a SSHRC Public Outreach Grant totalling $100,000. This again was crucial for the completion of the website design and continued hiring of youth researchers. The partners on this project were:

  • Principle Investigator: Trudy Sable, PhD
  • Co-Applicant: Roger Lewis, Curator of Ethnology, Nova Scotia Museum
  • Co-Applicant: Jim Michael, Mi’kma’ki All Points Services (MAPS)
  • Co-Applicant: Tim Bernard is the Director of History and Culture for the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq (CMM),
  • Collaborator: Jenneth Curtis, PhD, Aboriginal Archaeologist, Parks Canada


The Mi’kmaq-Nova Scotia-Canada Tripartite Forum Project Fund Committee provided approximately $100,000 in supplemental funding 2008-2013, beginning with the contracting of Dr. Trudy Sable for the initial report on the need and feasibility for the creation of the digital atlas and website. Subsequent funding supported both the place names research and the cultural landscape research undertaken by Roger Lewis and Trudy Sable, with geomatics expertise from William Jones, exp. Services.


Saint Mary’s University has provided approximately $60,000 in matching and supporting funds for the research, including the support of some of our youth researchers, the art work for the hard copy map, and SMU will host the website in the transition period to the site being hosted by a Mi’kmaw organization. We would like to thank:

  • Office of the Vice President, Academic: Dr. David Gauthier
  • Office of Graduate Research and Study:  Dr. Kevin Vessey
  • Gorsebrook Research Institute for Atlantic Canada Studies: Dr. Peter Twohig through SSHRC Grants

Student Research Grants
Along with the SSHRC grants, the Mi’kmaq-Nova Scotia-Canada Tripartite Forum , and SMU discretionary funds that supported our student researchers, our project team was successful in applying for a number of student research grants were that helped pay 50-80% of our students’ salaries. These included :
Saint Mary’s University Student Equity Employment Grant (SEEP, now called SMUworks) provided four grants, two summer grants 2011 and 2012 and two for the school years, 2010-2011, and 20012-2013.. Applicant: Trudy Sable
Parks Canada, secured a Young Canada Works Program the summer of 2010 for one youth researcher. Applicant: Rob Ferguson
Mi’kma’kik All Points Services secured a Summer Youth program grant which provided matching funds to our SSHRC intern funding. Applicant: Jennifer Copage
Services Nova Scotia, Connections Career, administered through the Mi’kmaq Native Friendship Centre funded matching grants to the SSHRC grants for one summer position: Applicant: Trudy Sable


In-kind contributions are always difficult to assess, but the project could not have succeeded without these contributions.

Trudy Sable, Saint Mary’s University worked numerous months over the project expectations to supervise and work on the development of all aspects of the project, including video-editing, creating and editing information sheets, overseeing interns, organizing meetings, the launch of the web-site, and the creation of a hard copy map.

Roger Lewis, Curator of Ethnology at the Nova Scotia Museum, was practically a regular staff of the project, assisting with mentoring youth researchers, providing invaluable assistance in locating and geo-referencing place names, helping to organize field trips, and attending project meetings.

Rob Ferguson, Parks Canada, and Co-chair of the Tripartite Forum, Culture and Heritage, Place Names Subcommittee, until his retirement in 2011, offered continual support and input to the project, as well as secured funding through Parks Canada for a youth summer internship

Dr. Bernie Francis has continued on the project in an advisory role and to review place names and  add sound recordings.

Tim Bernard, Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq and co-chair of the Tripartite Forum, Culture and Heritage Committee, acted as an important liaison between the Mi’kmaw communities and also played a key role in helping to secure funding through the Tripartite Forum Project Committee. Mr. Bernard attended all the meetings, giving continued input and direction to the project.

A number of staff and faculty at SMU have contributed in very important ways.

  • Greg Baker, IT Technician, Geography Department for his management and updating of the Digital Atlas, along with the IT Services, Saint Mary’s University
  • Gina Funicelli Industry Liaison Officer in structuring the Partnership and Governance Agreements. Ms. Funicelli was replaced by Kevin Buchan, who has been instrumental in continuing to develop Memorandums of Understanding (MOU’s) with our partners.
  • Kevin Buchan, Industry Liaison and Community Engagement Officer, Saint Mary’s University
  • Jackie Logan, Office Manager, Gorsebrook Research Institute, Saint Mary’s University
  • Bob Connally, Phd., Chair, Department of Geography

William Jones, exp. Services contributed a number of maps gratis to the project, and in the writing of the technical aspects in the proposal

Jackie Logan, Office Manager, Gorsebrook Research Institute for Atlantic Canada Studies for ongoing support and troubleshooting.

Dr. Ruth Holmes Whitehead for assisting in the editing and researching some of the information sheets., as well as early information on Nova Scotian chiefs throughout time.

Theresa Meuse offered assistance in setting up interviews in South Shore communities, and offered transporation to some of these locations.

Gillian Allen supplied a place names database at the beginning of the project compiled during her work for the Aboriginal Title Project.   Most of these names have now been corrected and re-translated and transliterated  into the Smith/Francis orthography  by our team with the input from over thirty-seven Elders and members of the Mi’kmaw communities of Nova Scotia.

Mi’kma’kik All Points Services (MAPS), Jim Michael, Jennifer Copage, Paul J. Prosper, and Michael Weiler. One or all of them were present at all the project team meetings giving input and direction. Jennifer Copage also secured a summer student grant for one of our interns.