Reconciliation Recognition Awards

The Reconciliation Recognition Award (RRAC) is an initiative launched by the Epekwitk Assembly of Councils, to show their appreciation for the work being done to advance Reconciliation by individuals, businesses, and organizations here on Epekwitk (Prince Edward Island).

The Reconciliation Recognition Award is based on a series of criteria that serves to recognize, respect, and include Epekwitnewaq Mi’kmaq stories, history, or land in such a way that creates a positive and inclusive Island community with lasting impacts for future generations.

Reconciliation Recognition is awarded to those who:

  • Show support and allyship to the First Nations peoples of Epekwitk, Mi’kma’ki and Indigenous Peoples across Canada.
  • Make a conscious and selfless effort and initiative to recognize, respect and include the Epekwitk Mi’kmaq stories, artwork, people, history, or land.
  • Create a lasting impact and an excellent example of How to Be An Ally – their actions prove their dedication to Reconciliation, their willingness to create an inclusive and considerate world, and for helping to move towards a better tomorrow.

2022 Reconciliation Recognition Award Recipients

Town of Stratford (Mayor Steve Ogden)

The Town of Stratford is being recognized for a Reconciliation Recognition Award for actions taken towards reconciliation by acknowledging the contributions of the Mi’kmaq through various initiatives and activities. This includes the installation of six Mi’kmaq place names during National Indigenous History Month 2021, which acknowledge and appreciate the history of the community as a Mi’kmaq summer camping location. This was a welcome complement to L’nuey’s signage initiative with the Province, extending Mi’kmaq place names to recognize our language and presence on this Island.  

Other actions taken by The Town of Stratford include a history of incorporating Mi’kmaq elements during various events, highlighting achievements including the Michael Thomas statue erected in 2017 and commemorating the first annual National Truth and Reconciliation Day last September.

Town of Kensington (Mayor Rowan Caseley)

The Town of Kensington is being recognized as one of the recipients of the 2022 Reconciliation Recognition Award for establishing a true path toward reconciliation by focusing efforts on building a strong and lasting relationship with the Mi’kmaq. This included Kensington’s mural unveiling ceremony at the Schurman Gazebo in May 2021 which features Mi’kmaq as well as other cultures and landmarks, recognizing the Mi’kmaq presence on Epekwitk; and other initiatives such as raising the Mi’kmaq Grand Council Flag at last year’s Treaty Day event.

Municipality of West River (Mayor Helen Smith-MacPhail)

The Rural Municipality of West River has been working towards reconciliation with the Mi’kmaq particularly in recognition of being the first municipality in PEI to adopt both English and Mi’kmaq names for its electoral boundary wards. In 2021 when looking at ward changes, the Electoral Boundaries Commission recommended that Mi’kmaq names should be used in addition to English names and numbers. The EAC approved the use of these names and changes to the areas, boundaries and names of the wards come into effect for the next scheduled election later this year. Additionally, West River, is part of this year’s Provincial signage initiative and has had a new Mi’kmaq place name/sign (Ji’ka’we’katik), installed.

Receiver Coffee – Brass Shop (co-owner Colleen MacKay)

Receiver Coffee – the Brass Shop is being recognized as one of the recipients of the 2022 Reconciliation Recognition Award for a special initiative last summer to work with the Mi’kmaq community to showcase Mi’kmaq talents and culture with the public featuring basket weaving, dancing, drumming, and quill making. For four weeks every Saturday last August, this business hosted artisanship, music, and entertainment at its Water Street location. With this wonderful opportunity, Epekwitk community members had a beautiful location to showcase their talents and share their culture – that was only topped by the gracious way the staff looked after them with food, water, supplies and everything they needed to present their art.


Previous Recipients


Award Winners on the Podcast

Education as a Means of Reconciliation – With Mary Kendrick Juku'e

Journey Towards Reconciliation – With Julie Gagnon Juku'e


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‘Shaping the Epekwitk of Tomorrow’ Contest Rules

  1. The contest is open to all Mi’kmaq who reside in Prince Edward Island and are eighteen (18) years of age or older except for employees of L’nuey, their immediate families, cohabitants, agents or contractors.
  2. To enter the giveaway, submit your full name, phone number and email address on the form at lnuey.ca/progress, and answer the question as stated in the field provided.
  3. Contest begins on January 23, 2022 at 12:00:00 a.m. AST and ends on April 30, 2023 at 11:59:59 p.m. AST
  4. The prize consists of:
    • Basket by master basket weaver, Keptin Jimmy Bernard
    • L’nuey blanket
    • L’nuey Toque
    • $200 grocery gift card
  5. Prize winner will be selected via a random draw on May 8, 2023.
  6. L’nuey will contact the Prize winner through the email address provided on the contest entry form. If it is not possible within a 48 hour period to contact the Prize winner, L’nuey will disqualify that Entry and randomly select another Entry as the winner. Once the winner is successfully contacted, they will be required to answer a skill-testing question to be verified.
  7. Once verified, the Prize winner must make arrangements with L’nuey to pick up their prize.
  8. The Prize must be accepted as described and may not be transferred to another person prior to being awarded. L’nuey retains the right to replace the Prize with a different prize of equal or greater value if the original prize becomes unavailable for reasons beyond L’nuey’s control.
  9. The name of the winner upon receiving their Prize will be posted on L’nuey’s website, as well as shared on their social channels.
  10. L’nuey reserves the right to cancel, modify or suspend the Contest without notice, for any reason, including if they are not capable of running as planned or the Contest is adversely affected by computer virus, fraud, technical failures or other causes beyond its control.
  11. All Contestants agree to be bound by the rules of the Contest and release L’nuey and all parties associated with the Contest from any liability with respect to this Contest or any prize.
  12. All decisions by L’nuey with regard to all aspects of this Contest are final.

‘Connected by Home’ Contest Rules

  1. The contest is open to all persons who reside in Prince Edward Island and are eighteen (18) years of age or older except for employees of L’nuey, their immediate families, cohabitants, agents or contractors.
  2. To enter the giveaway, submit your full name, phone number and email address on the form at lnuey.ca/connected, and answer the question as stated in the field provided.
  3. Contest begins on December 12, 2022 at 12:00:00 a.m. AST and ends on January 31, 2023 at 11:59:59 p.m. AST
  4. The prize consists of:
    • Basket by master basket weaver, Keptin Jimmy Bernard
    • L’nuey blanket
    • L’nuey Toque
    • $200 grocery gift card
  5. Prize winner will be selected via a random draw on February 6, 2023.
  6. L’nuey will contact the Prize winner through the email address provided on the contest entry form. If it is not possible within a 48 hour period to contact the Prize winner, L’nuey will disqualify that Entry and randomly select another Entry as the winner. Once the winner is successfully contacted, they will be required to answer a skill-testing question to be verified.
  7. Once verified, the Prize winner must make arrangements with L’nuey to pick up their prize.
  8. The Prize must be accepted as described and may not be transferred to another person prior to being awarded. L’nuey retains the right to replace the Prize with a different prize of equal or greater value if the original prize becomes unavailable for reasons beyond L’nuey’s control.
  9. The name of the winner upon receiving their Prize will be posted on L’nuey’s website, as well as shared on their social channels.
  10. L’nuey reserves the right to cancel, modify or suspend the Contest without notice, for any reason, including if they are not capable of running as planned or the Contest is adversely affected by computer virus, fraud, technical failures or other causes beyond its control.
  11. All Contestants agree to be bound by the rules of the Contest and release L’nuey and all parties associated with the Contest from any liability with respect to this Contest or any prize.
  12. All decisions by L’nuey with regard to all aspects of this Contest are final.

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