Mi'kmaq Elder, Dr. Daniel N. Paul, C.M. , O.N.S.

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Benjamin Franklin
1706 - 1790

Franklin wrote the following after a large group of innocent Indians were massacred because of the actions of others from another Tribe:

"If an Indian injures me, does it follow that I may revenge that Injury on all Indians?

"It is well known that Indians are of different Tribes, Nations and Languages, as well as the White People.

"In Europe, if the French, who are White People, should injure the Dutch, are they to revenge it on the English, because they too are White People?

"The only Crime of these poor Wretches seems to have been, that they had a reddish brown Skin, and black Hair; and some People of that Sort, it seems, had murdered some of our Relations.

"If it be right to kill Men for such a Reason, then, should any Man, with a freckled Face and red Hair, kill a Wife or Child of mine, it would be right for me to revenge it, by killing all the freckled red-haired Men, Women and Children, I could afterwards any where meet with."

The Paradoxical Commandments
Dr. Kent M. Keith

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds. Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs. Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them. Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth. Give the world the best you have anyway.

© Copyright
Kent M. Keith 1968, renewed 2001

Mother Teresa thought so highly of the Paradoxical Commandments that she put a version of them on the wall of her children's home in Calcutta, with the following added.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway

First Nation Prayer
Author Unknown

I give you this one thought to keep— I am with you still – I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow; I am the diamond glints on snow;

I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning rush I am the swift, uplifting rush

Of quite birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night

Do not think of me as gone – I am with you still – in each new dawn.

George Bernard Shaw

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.

I want to be throughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live.

Life is no “brief candle” to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

American Indian Proverb

Treat the earth well, It was not given to you by your parents, It was loaned to you by your children.

American Indian Prayer

Oh Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the wind, hear me for I am young, small and weak.

I need your strength oh Great One, not to be superior to my Brothers and Sisters, but to conquer my greatest enemy, myself.

I seek wisdom, the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock, so that I may carry this message of life and hope to my people.

May my hands respect the many beautiful things You made. May my ears be sharp to hear Your voice. May I always walk in Your beauty and let my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset. So that when life fades like the setting sun, my Spirit will come to You without shame!

Chief Dan George


Peaceful Pond
"Peaceful Pond"
Click to contact Mi'kmaw Artist Leonard Paul
NON HEROS: Throughout the Americas, statues, parks, buildings, rivers, etc., can be found in abundance that are named to honour the memories of colonial Caucasian men who, when subjugating and dispossessing the Indigenous populations of the two Continents, committed horrific crimes against humanity . For instance, Nova Scotia British Colonial Governor Edward Cornwallis, who tried to exterminate the Mi’kmaq, is widely acclaimed with such.

REAL HEROS: On Feb. 23, 1954, the first mass inoculation of children against polio with the Salk vaccine began in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Jonas Salk, through his determination to overcome a deadly disease that ravished humanity for centuries, has saved uncountable lives, where are the statues, parks, etc., named after this great man? There should be a multitude!


This Site is dedicated to the memory of the Mi’kmaq who perished resisting the invasion of Mi’kmaq territory by Europeans. The awe-inspiring tenacity and valor they displayed in the face of virtually insurmountable odds has assured the survival of our Nation’s Culture!

American Indian History


Mi'kmaq Elder
Dr. Daniel N. Paul, C.M., O.N.S.
Daniel N. Paul

Daniel N. Paul and Governor General Michaelle Jean
Second Medallion: ORDER OF CANADA

I was born December 1938 to my late parents, Sarah Agnes and William Gabriel Paul, in a small log cabin on Indian Brook Reserve, Nova Scotia, during a raging blizzard. I was the eleventh of fourteen children. The doctor arrived two weeks after the fact on snowshoes. I now reside

Updated: February 22, 2020 

The following is the information that a bookstore, not carrying
We Were Not the Savages
in stock, will require in order to order it for you
ISBN 10: 1 55266 209 8
Black Point
Nova Scotia

Kjipuktuk Bytes


Hold on to what is good, even if it is a handful of earth.

Hold on to what you believe, even if it is a tree which stands by itself.

Hold on to what you must do, even if it is a long way from here.

Hold on to life, even when it is easier letting go.

Hold on to my hand, even when I have gone away from you.


CHIEF DAN GEORGE First Nation Chief and Movie Actor
July 24, 1899 - September 23, 1981

"When the White man came we had the land & they had the Bibles, now they have the land & we have the Bibles."


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