After 150 Sacred Fire in We’koqma’q

March 1-31, 2018

Dear We’koqma’q community members,

In December 2017, the Union of Nova Scotia Indians Board of Directors passed a motion for six of the (6) Mi’kmaw Communities in Nova Scotia to participate in the After 150 Sacred Fire Full Moon Ceremony. In alignment with the 13 full moons this upcoming calendar year, each community will be responsible for the transportation of an ember from the previous host community’s sacred fire and for the maintenance of the Sacred Fire until the following month’s full moon. Each community will be working in collaboration with Potlotek First Nation Education Board, Eskasoni Mental Health and the Union of Nova Scotia Indians.

Chief Rod Googoo has agreed to host the Sacred Fire in We’koqma’q First Nation for the month of March. Membertou is currently hosting the second Sacred Fire of 2018 which began on February 1st at sunrise and will be ending on March 1st, 2018. At this time Jeff Ward will transport the ember from their Sacred Fire to We’koqma’q First Nation at noon. The Sacred Fire must continue burning until the next full moon on March 31st, 2018. Following the conclusion of the Sacred Fire on March 31, a designate from We’koqma’q will then transport a Sacred Fire ember to the next community.

The Sacred Fire should be kept in a central location in order for community members to be able to access for prayer. There are some protocols to follow when in the presence of the Sacred Fire such as abstaining from alcohol and drugs. An overview of the Sacred Fire Ceremony as well as the Teachings and Guidelines are attached for you and your volunteers.

The Sacred Fire ember will be arriving in We’koqma’q at 12:00 pm on March 1, 2018, behind the Multi-purpose building. Jeff Ward will also be performing a pipe ceremony to kick-off the Sacred Fire. Also, at 8:00 pm, there will be a Grandmother Moon Ceremony performed by Lotti Johnson and Katie McEwan.

We are currently looking for volunteers to become a fire keeper and for community members to bring snacks, refreshment and tobacco for offerings.

For more information regarding the Sacred Fire Ceremony please call 902-302-0925. For more information regarding volunteering to be a Sacred Fire Keeper, please contact Pat Peters or simply go to the Fisheries Building to fill out the sign-up sheet.


Sacred Fire Guidelines

The element of fire was most important for our ancestors. It was essential for survival.  Fire helped keep them warm from the harsh elements, it cooked their food and protected them from predators.  Fire also provided light in the darkness. Traditionally the sacred fire ceremony was performed on the full or new moon of each month.  It was an opportunity for people to come together as a community to support each other and to let go of the heavy, dark energies. A Sacred fire ceremony is a powerful Mi’kmaw practice used to release unwanted energies and attachments from the past and make space for new intentions. A fire ceremony can be used to release unhappy memories, fears, negative emotions, and anything that you are holding onto that no longer serves you. Through the release of these energies, it was thought your soul was being cleansed thus your body was undergoing a healing process.


Basic Sacred Fire Teachings, Guidelines and Protocols:


  • Everyone in close proximity to the Sacred Fire must abstain from alcohol and drugs (minimum of four days);
  • The Sacred Fire is not a campsite fire, so do not throw any garbage or cigarette butts into the fire;
  • The Sacred Fire must continue to be lit during the duration of the full moon cycle (one month);
  • When approaching the Sacred Fire, it is appropriate to smudge and to make a tobacco offering;
  • When women are on their moon time, their power is at its strongest and must not participate in ceremonies or handle ceremonial items;
  • Please do not take pictures or video tape ceremonies;
  • Please observe and be respectful of all ceremonies and gatherings;
  • Acknowledge people when they are speaking and listen respectfully;
  • Bring positive thoughts and prayers;
  • Sacred Fire cannot be left unattended;