Our Community

Before 1973 there was only one band on Prince Edward Island, and it was Lennox Island. Our Mi’kmaq people lived all over the Maritimes following the food and resources before colonization, and after we were moved onto our Island, we did struggle. We were unable to leave our community, we had no food to hunt, and fishing was only available certain times of the year, but we were resilient.

We learned how to weave and sell amazing crafts like our baskets, may flowers, axe handles, chairs, and beautiful quill work. These sales helped us to make enough money to provide for our families and also made us more than crafters, we became artists. By the mid 1970s we started to create more business and more opportunities for our community members to advance in the wider community.

The causeway was built in 1974 linking our Island to PEI, and the creation of a new First Nation on PEI called Abegweit First Nation came later that year. We still had special days we celebrated with the rest of PEI, like St. Anne’s Sunday, but we started growing in many good ways.

Our Community

Before 1973 there was only one band on Prince Edward Island, and it was Lennox Island. Our Mi’kmaq people lived all over the Maritimes following the food and resources before colonization, and after we were moved onto our Island, we did struggle. We were unable to leave our community, we had no food to hunt, and fishing was only available certain times of the year, but we were resilient.

We learned how to weave and sell amazing crafts like our baskets, may flowers, axe handles, chairs, and beautiful quill work. These sales helped us to make enough money to provide for our families and also made us more than crafters, we became artists. By the mid 1970s we started to create more business and more opportunities for our community members to advance in the wider community.

The causeway was built in 1974 linking our Island to PEI, and the creation of a new First Nation on PEI called Abegweit First Nation came later that year. We still had special days we celebrated with the rest of PEI, like St. Anne’s Sunday, but we started growing in many good ways.

Now in Lennox Island we are creating opportunities for teachers, nurses, artists, trades people, entrepreneurs and many, many other individuals. Our children have so many opportunities for them to grow up to be strong and proud of who they are and where they come from.

Business is growing all over the Island from a new fire station and day care centre, to a new emergency shelter and that’s just the beginning. Now is the time to come and see how many new and wonderful things are happening and that do not just benefit this community but the surrounding area as well. Lennox Island businesses are winning regional awards for their amazing work, and acquiring grants federally and provincially to continue upgrading and improving.

The pride this community has in what they have accomplished is evident in the faces of all community members and moving forward this will only keep on growing.

Now in Lennox Island we are creating opportunities for teachers, nurses, artists, trades people, entrepreneurs and many, many other individuals. Our children have so many opportunities for them to grow up to be strong and proud of who they are and where they come from.

Business is growing all over the Island from a new fire station and day care centre, to a new emergency shelter and that’s just the beginning. Now is the time to come and see how many new and wonderful things are happening and that do not just benefit this community but the surrounding area as well. Lennox Island businesses are winning regional awards for their amazing work, and acquiring grants federally and provincially to continue upgrading and improving.

The pride this community has in what they have accomplished is evident in the faces of all community members and moving forward this will only keep on growing.

Lennox Island is moving toward creating more opportunities for the community members who live on and off reserve, moving slowly away from the tight federal guidelines of the Indian Act. We want to see our people have control of their education, their membership, their ability to fish within the moderate livelihood guidelines, and create new and long lasting relationships all across PEI.

We see our Island as a way to learn about our past, and in a fun and interactive way, start taking small but important steps of reconciliation. Our community will continue to grow and develop under its strong leadership, and by supporting our families, we will be creating strong new leaders who will pick up the path when we can no longer walk it.

We are strong, we are resilient and we would love to share our success with each of you when you come and try out all the amazing experiences that Lennox Island has to offer!

Lennox Island is moving toward creating more opportunities for the community members who live on and off reserve, moving slowly away from the tight federal guidelines of the Indian Act. We want to see our people have control of their education, their membership, their ability to fish within the moderate livelihood guidelines, and create new and long lasting relationships all across PEI.

We see our Island as a way to learn about our past, and in a fun and interactive way, start taking small but important steps of reconciliation. Our community will continue to grow and develop under its strong leadership, and by supporting our families, we will be creating strong new leaders who will pick up the path when we can no longer walk it.

We are strong, we are resilient and we would love to share our success with each of you when you come and try out all the amazing experiences that Lennox Island has to offer!