Acadia

Acadia is based in southwestern Nova Scotia. There are five separate reserves associated with this Band, scattered across Yarmouth, Queens and Lunenburg counties. They are: Gold River, Medway, Ponhook, Wildcat, and Yarmouth. A large portion (90%) of Band members live off-reserve, with large numbers in Shelburne County and the Halifax Regional Municipality.

The Band maintains close ties with members who live in these areas. Acadia became a united Band and obtained official status in 1967. Much of the history of the people of the Acadia is centered in today’s Queen’s County, Nova Scotia. Artifacts found along the Mersey River document the rich history of the Mi’kmaq people in this area. The Kebapskitk Interpretive Centre
is currently being developed by the Acadia in Liverpool to showcase the archaeological and cultural history of this community.

The first Chief, Charles Labrador, who served from 1969-1977, was elected by the 20 people eligible to vote at the time. Today there are over 1000 members of the Acadia. Under the tenure of Chief Deborah Robinson’s (from 1988 to present), Acadia has seen increasing community and social development for the Band. Some of these developments include a new
administrative building, the development of Kespuwick Fisheries, two health centres, six gaming facilities, and offices in Halifax and Milton to serve the off-reserve population. These services have provided employment as well as resources for the band members. Acadia is a non-profit organization that “strives for self-sufficiency, community and social
development.”