The hearts of our founding cultures are still beating, proud and strong, in Nova Scotia. The centuries of vibrant Mi’kmaq, African, Acadian, and Celtic cultures give Nova Scotia its distinctive voice and character.
Mi'kmaq Culture in Nova Scotia
For ten thousand years, this rugged, sea-swept peninsula has been home to the Aboriginal people. Mi’kmaq and First Nations people have enriched this province with their legends, art, music, spirituality, history, and language. Read more >>
African Nova Scotian Culture
The story of Black Nova Scotians is a rich tapestry. It’s a story of many diverse groups – Loyalists, Maroons, Caribbeans, Refugees and others – sewn together through a common African ancestry and the search for a better life in Nova Scotia. That tapestry is strengthened by proud communities with centuries of history, highlighted by men and women such as Boston King, Viola Desmond, William Hall and Portia White. Read more >>
The spirit of l’Acadie runs deep in Nova Scotia. As one of the province’s founding cultures, there are reminders of the intrepid French settlers who first claimed Nova Scotia as their home in the seventeenth century. Explore Acadian history through historical sites, culture and language, genealogy, music, food, and crafts.. Read more >>
Gaelic, a Celtic language and its rich culture have helped shape Nova Scotia's identity. Centuries ago, Gaelic speaking immigrants from both Ireland and Scotland came by the tens of thousands and made Nova Scotia their home.. Read more >>