[EDIT] + ACC presents... Mi’sel Joe is the Cheif of the Mi’kmaq community of Miawpukek First Nation. Growing up in the community, he left to journey throughout Canada on a mission to find work, when he was just 16 years old. He held several different positions such as ranch hand, railroad worker, truck driver, commercial fisherman and underground miner, before returning home in 1973 and becoming Cheif in 1982. He has since led his community through isolation and poverty to prosperity, going from one of the poorest First Nation communities in Atlantic Canada, to now one of the most well-off. His many successes have led him to play a public role in helping people understand the practices of Mi’kmaq communities, and write his own novel on his inspiring story. He has been honored for his accomplishments with multiple recognitions, including an Honorary Doctor of Laws by Memorial University in 2004, the Queen’s Jubilee medal in 2021 and the Order of Canada in 2018. He will talk about his journey to becoming Cheif, how he has made history through leading his community, and the thriving Atlantic Canadian Mi’kmaq culture.
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