Metepenagiag Mi’kmaq First Nation is located at the junction of the Little Southwest and Northwest Miramichi Rivers in northeastern New Brunswick.
Metepenagiag Heritage Park is located in Metepenagiag (Red Bank) New Brunswick, over viewing the ancestral home of the Metepenagiag Mi’kmaq First Nation.
Metepenagiag Heritage Park is the warden of two of the most significant aboriginal heritage archeological site in eastern Canada: the Augustine Mound National Historic Site and Oxbow National Historic Site.
Significance of the sites:
Augustine Mound: “ (it) is an exceptional and enduring expression of Mi’kmaw spirituality, exhibiting burial rituals and artifacts directly connected to Adena traditions in North America 2500 years ago.”
Oxbow Site: “(it) is a unique cultural record of a flourishing Mi’kmaq community which has endured fro at last 3,000 years and it shows a direct relationship between the everyday life of the community and its spiritual center at Augustine Mound.”
These sites, demonstrated through archeological findings, prove that this location has been continuously inhabitant by the Mi’kmaq people for over 3,000 years “making it the oldest, continually occupied village in New Brunswick.”
Metepenagiag Heritage Parks’ primary objective it to preserve, protect and present the historical significance of the two National Historic Sites and therefore the Metepenagiag community, it’s culture and it’s people, as handed down through storytelling from generation to generation and as proven scientifically through archaeological recording.