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Returned to its original stewards.

Since time immemorial, the Epekwitnewaq Mi’kmaq have stewarded the lands and waters of Epekwitk (Prince Edward Island). Conservation achieved through collaboration with Indigenous Peoples is an important form of Reconciliation.

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Why Kwesawe’k?

The northwestern shore of Epekwitk (PEI), extending from Keskamkek (Cascumpec Bay) to Maqpa’q (Malpeque Bay), has been described as one of the last relatively undisturbed coastal natural areas in the province. This area has been a conservation priority for many years.

The Epekwitnewaq Mi’kmaq and NCC have been working together to care for nearby conservation areas since 2009.

Located in Keskamkek, Kwesawe’k (Oulton’s Island), provides important habitat for small animals like snowshoe hare and red squirrel. The mature forest is a nesting ground for great blue herons, double-crested cormorants and bald eagles.

The earliest residents of Kwesawe’k were the Mi’kmaq, and the island is an important part of Mi’kmaq cultural heritage. More will likely be learned about specific relations with the island, which can help to celebrate ongoing connections to the land.

Together, we can conserve and protect these precious lands and waters for all who live in Epekwitk (PEI), for generations to come.

You can be a part of the change by supporting conservation and reconciliation and helping Kwesawe’k be returned to its original stewards.