Darlene A. Ricker

Darlene A. Ricker is a freelance writer who contributes to the Micmac and Maliseet Nations News and edits The Bear River Beat, the L’sitkuk community newsletter. She received an Atlantic Writing Competition award for L’sitkuk from the Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia.

She enjoys canoeing and camping through the back country of southwestern Nova Scotia. An employment counsellor at the Annapolis Employment Support Centre, she lives in Bear River with her partner George Chisholm.

  • L’sitkuk

    The Story of the Bear River Mi’kmaw Community

    By Darlene A. Ricker     January 1997

    L’sitkuk (pronounced elsetkook) is the original name for the Bear River Mi’kmaw community, which is part of the Mi’kmaw First Nation. Nestled close to the Bear River watershed, this tiny native community is regaining its culture, language and identity after hundreds of years of colonialism and assimilation. Living in the area for thousands of years, they were among the first people in Canada to have continuous contact with non-natives.

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