On Wednesday, November 16, UINR is launching two new publications on oysters–one, an illustrated children’s book in Mi’kmaw and English, and the other on Mi’kmaq ecological knowledge and scientific research.

Meet the authors and hear guest speaker René Lavoie on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 11:00 am at Membertou Heritage Park. There will be readings, refreshments, oysters, and free books to everyone in attendance.

Both books are written by UINR’s Shelley Denny, Angela Denny, Emma Garden, and Tyson Paul.

The Oyster Garden, Kiju’ Tells Her Story is illustrated by well-known artist Dozay Christmas and tells the story of the oyster through the eyes of Grandmother Oyster, Kiju’.

Mn’tmu’k Mi’kmaq Ecological Knowledge: Eastern Oysters in Unama’ki is a compilation of traditional Mi’kmaw knowledge and scientific research that provides an overview of oysters in the Bras d’Or Lakes and gives recommendations to ensure their successful future.

Shelley Denny explains, “The knowledge in the books is strongly connected to Mi’kmaw tradition, the practice of harvesting oysters in the Bras d’Or Lakes, and the transfer of knowledge between generations through stories and practice.

Putting together these two new books is the next step in keeping that tradition alive.”

A special guest and speaker at the book launch is René Lavoie. René is no stranger to oyster. For nearly fifty years he has been involved in oyster management and research with DFO and Aquaculture Association of Canada. Early on, he forged a professional relationship and long-time friendship with Charlie Joe Dennis.

After the books’ launch on November 16, you can download free copies here.


Mn’tmu’k Mi’kmaq Ecological Knowledge: Eastern Oysters in Unama’ki
The Oyster Garden, Kiju’ Tells Her Story
Authors: Emma Garden, Shelley Denny, Angela Denny, and Tyson Paul
Charlie Dennis with René Lavoie