The Mi’kmaq Association for Cultural Studies MACS is a not-for-profit organization representing the interests of Nova Scotia’s 13 First Nation communities. Founded in 1973, its mandate is to promote and preserve Mi’kmaq culture. A Board of Directors, comprised of the 13 chiefs or their designates meets at least four times a year.
The specific objectives of MACS are:
- To promote, maintain and protect the customs, language, history, tradition and culture of the Mi’kmaq people.
- To facilitate and promote understanding and awareness of the cultural heritage of Mi’kmaq people through education.
- To teach, develop and promote the culture, language and history of native peoples of Nova Scotia, Canada and elsewhere around the world.
- To develop methods, processes, programs and funding by which MACS’s objectives can be met.
Recent activities undertaken by MACS include:
- Organization of the Grand Chief Membertou 400 Celebrations
- Liaison for Royal Visit to Cultural Village
- Lead agency for planning Treaty Day activities
- Coordinated Mi’kmaq artisans involved in Vancouver Olympics
- Participation in United Nations Indigenous Forum
- Assistance with the World Canoe Championships, Lake Banook,
- Commissioned Aboriginal Cultural Tourism Strategy