"What the Elders Have to Say"
" Be Mi'kmaq, well Mi'kmaq means nothing. It's just a word, its what the word encompasses that I like the most, I like the Mi'kmaq language, I love it dearly, it's my first love. I like my Mi'kmaq thought influenced by my language, without my language I wouldn't have a Mi'kmaq thought. Because nothing would feed my brain to accentuate it as a different set of thinkings. It has influenced of course my behaviour, if I spoke English, thats fine, but when I am into deep in Mi'kmaq I'd never do those things that the white man does, and still don't do it. I don't do those things is because it's O.K in the non-native world to do it, but its because its against my native teachings, I'll never break my teachings. This is who I am and this is how I'll die. I can never escape my Mi'kmaq thoughts, it can never be taken away from me and it could never be squashed in my self-conscience. So those things are very important to me. To me the word Mi'kmaq is just a word, but all that it encompasses that word is dear to me".