Clark Paul helps Mi’kmaq reconnect with their culture

January 7, 2021|News, Press


Clark Paul of Eskasoni First Nation, NS is a true hero. At 74 years of age, this residential school survivor in the midst of a four-year battle with bladder cancer is doing everything he can to help Mi’kmaq reconnect to their culture.

“Once I made a commitment to the pipe my life didn’t belong to me anymore, it belonged to the people because it’s my commitment to help the people,” said Paul.

Paul is trained in First Nations mental health first aid and sits on the board of ACCESS Open Minds Eskasoni First Nation as a cultural support for the children. He is also a pipe carrier, a lodge keeper and a knowledge keeper.

Despite the challenges that Clark Paul may face, he is determined to continue helping his community.

“No matter how sick I am, if I have the energy, I will carry on fulfilling my commitment … people come first,” said Paul.

Join us in sending our thanks and appreciation for this true hero!

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