Preservation and presentation
All locations within Kejimkujik that bear witness to the presence of the Mi’kmaq are special places. They are a source of pride and identity for today’s Mi’kmaw people. Collectively, they are also the reason why Kejimkujik (inland) has the distinction of being the only National Park in Canada to become a National Historic Site in its entirety. These sites, therefore, are monitored on an ongoing basis by a dedicated Aboriginal patrol staff, to ensure that visitors do not disturb the sites accidentally.
The petroglyphs are exposed to the elementsand are slowly fading away. Efforts are being made to preserve and record them. However, accidental damage and deliberate vandalism have completely obliterated some of these irreplaceable artifacts long before their time. The areas around some sites are therefore restricted areas, so that they can be protected for future generations.
Kejimkujik offers several ways to discover more about the culture and history of the Mi’kmaw people. Regular programs, in the form of guided walks and slide presentations, present topics such as the Mi’kmaw lifestyle and traditional medicines.
Throughout the summer, visitors can walk through a recreation of a traditional encampment. Regular guided tours of the petroglyphs are also offered, so that visitors have the opportunity to see, touch, and learn more about these reminders of times long ago.
Visitor Center staff, bulletin boards, and the Kejimkujik Visitor Guide provide information regarding programs currently being offered.