Jeffery Allan Ward

Email: jeffward@membertou.ca

M.A.: SFU Heritage Resource Management M.A. Candidate

B.A.: Cape Breton University, Bachelor of Arts in Community Studies (Major in Indigenous Studies, Minor in Business)

Other Credentials: Canadian Red Cross Instructor in First Aid/CPR/AED
UNB completed first year of Bachelor of Education
RCMP Depot Training, Regina, Saskatchewan
Holland College, PEI Police Science Credit
St. Thomas University, NB 1st yr BA

Supervisor: Dr. John R. Welch

Research Areas: Indigenous Archaeology, Cultural Heritage Landscapes and Cultural Heritage Impact Assessments

Introduction:

18 yrs experience in management/administration. Currently, General Manager of the Membertou Heritage Park. Duties include delivering presentations on Mi'kmaq culture, history, and spirituality to out-of-province tourists, classes ranging from the elementary to undergraduate level, various groups made up of both the private/public sector, as well, I oversee day-to-day operations of business. I am a Traditionalist of Mi'kmaq Spirituality. Sundance Leader 15 yrs experience. Married, 4 children/1 Grandson.  Born and raised in Metepenagiag, oldest Mi’kmaq settlement/home of the Augustine Mound. Experience working in Indigenous communities managing teams made up of both Indigenous/non-Indigenous employees. Supervised and responsible for smaller groups as well as an entire administration made up of 100 employees. I have enforced Canadian Law/Aboriginal Law alongside different teams both on and off-reserve.  I have excellent communication skills, and am a self-motivated person who thrives when working with others. Additionally, I intend on pursuing a PhD in Cultural Heritage.

M.A. Research:

I intend to investigate the care taking of culturally sensitive materials & artifacts through the lenses of the seven sacred teachings on Turtle Island. How we can honour traditional knowledge and bridge the gap with mainstream practices?  Are proper Traditional teachings, protocols and policies ensured?

The goals of the research are to first identify the following seven areas of culturally sensitive materials & artifacts and how they ally to the seven sacred teachings. This will be compared to the following 7 areas in the field. The Seven sacred teachings of Love, Humility, Courage, Respect, Wisdom, Truth and Honesty will be the pillars and guidelines for following when caring for culturally sensitive material and by defining what is sacred. The definition of cultural and culturally sensitive objects. The Sacred collection. Co-management plans and identifying stakeholders with their Indigenous constituencies. Elder’s advisory committees established and collaborated. Establish cultural and sacred protocols in handling and displaying objects. And review of conservation and collections management policies, followed by extensive review.

Other Activities:

Heavily involved in community events and has been a leader in their planning, coordination, and participation.  As a public figure, I have been dancing, drumming and performing since I was a child.  Currently a member of Sons of Membertou and Thunder Eagle Singers (Mi’kmaq Drumming and Chanting Groups).  Most recently performed at the 100th Anniversary of Vimy Ride in France.  I also Emcee’d numerous First Nation Pow Wows in the Atlantic region and eastern USA. Jeff has been a keynote speaker and Emcee for a variety of conferences including MLSN Justice ForumReform on Social Security AFN and the latest being the MMIWG Commission of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women’s & Girls’ Inquiry in Membertou, to name a few.  Mi’kmaq Knowledge keeper and leader in the White Eagle Sundance. As Lodge keeper, drum maker, conductor of many ceremonies, talking circles and justice circles for over 25 years.

Conference Presentations:

2019 May 15-16 L’nui’sultinej Conference. Mi’kmaq Spirituality, Sharing teachings of our ancestors in making it work in today’s society. Held in Membertou, Nova Scotia

2018 3rd Annual Indigenous Consultation Atlantic Conference.  Two-Eyed Seeing: Traditional Knowledge Mind Training. Halifax, Nova Scotia.

 

Images: 

2014 Presenting at Lingan “300 Celebrations”.  Presenting on Mi’kmaq culture and history. A song and smudging ceremony was shared as well.

Filming “Introducing the Sweat Lodge Part II...Bring a Friend”.  This video was produced by a community youth group (Red Road Project). The video was to inspire youth to promote Sweat lodge ceremonies to their friends.

 

2017 Attended, Performed and Conducted ceremonies at 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. A Sunrise ceremony was conducted days before the televised coverage of the performances and speeches.