First Nations

The land along the Wolastoq (Saint John River) has been home to the Wolastoqiyik, “People of the beautiful and bountiful river”, since time immemorial.

The Wolastoqey Nation are members of the Wabanaki Confederacy, (People of the Dawn) together with four other First Nations that include the Mi’kmaq, Abenaki, Penobscot and Passamaquoddy, whose traditional territories spans areas of what is now known as Eastern Canada and the Northeastern United States.

The Fredericton Capital Region is situated within the Wolastoqey traditional territory which is currently home to three of the six Wolastoqey Communities that includes Sitansisk (St. Mary’s), Bilijk (Kingsclear), and Welamukotuk (Oromocto). Each Community welcomes visitors to learn and explore their rich history, culture, traditions, and language through storytelling, medicine walks, traditional foods, art workshops and Powwows.