Near the shores of the Bay of Fundy, along the edge of the Annapolis valley is the tiny Mi’kmaq community of the Bear River First Nation. It is where deep rooted traditions of sharing and caring are ingrained in anyone who grew up here. These ideals and way of life were nearly lost, as the Mi’kmaq were the first tribes to encounter the Europeans 500 years ago. On the brink of extinction, Mi’kmaq traditions slowly returned through the stories and knowledge conveyed by Elders.
This is the story of how the Mi’kmaq people of Bear River First Nation have survived and thrived by going against the grain. Rejecting the profit-margin corporate motto and instead opting to embrace to age old Mi’kmaq ideals of community-based development. Bear River has been able to sustain their environment and feed their people. Now, the community is using this same kind of traditional thinking to create a unique vision they hope will keep their culture alive for generations.