Walking in the Footsteps

Explore the History and Territory of Nova Scotia’s First Nations Communities

Walking in the Footsteps is a collaborative initiative between the First Nations Communities of Nova Scotia and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The goal of the Walking in the Footsteps program is to give Nova Scotians from all backgrounds the opportunity to learn the rich history of the traditional territory of Mi’kma’ki. Along the journey, walkers will experience a traditional medicine wheel approach to improving mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health and well being.


By discovering the history of our First Nations Communities, as well as the physical and mental benefits of walking, we strive to change the way all Nova Scotians think about physical activity—as well as the world around them. Participants of the Walking in the Footsteps program can set walking goals, track their progress, and uncover a wealth of history and knowledge as they make their way across the traditional territory of Mi’kma’ki.

Through this interactive method of learning, Nova Scotians of all ages and walks of life can learn more about our province’s connection to the First Nations Community and the significance that traditional walking paths hold within their culture.

Every Trail Tells a Story

Mi’kmaw people have called the territory of Mi’kma’ki home for over 11,000 years. Stretching across Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, the Gaspé Peninsula, and Newfoundland, the territory of Mi’kma’ki has been connected by by walking paths for thousands of years.

Situated throughout the trails of the territory of Mi’kma’ki, travellers will find revelations of Mi’kmaw history—communities, cultural and heritage points, and resource centres where you can learn even more about the significance of the routes the First Nations people walked centuries ago.

Walking to Heal Your Body; Walking to Expand Your Mind

When you begin Walking the Footsteps, you’ll be doing more than learning about the cultural history of the communities around the place you call home—you’ll also be committing to a healthier, happier lifestyle.

Walking is an easy activity that can be done by people of all ages. On your own or as part of a group, walking is a great way to improve your health and protect the environment. By walking instead of driving, you can:

prevent or manage many chronic issues, including heart disease, type II diabetes, and hypertension;
reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by vehicles;
reduce the risk of obesity; and
relieve high stress levels.

Begin Your Journey Through History Today

Walking in the Footsteps provides every Nova Scotian with the unique opportunity to learn something new about the province they call home, while also getting out and staying active with friends. To learn more about Walking in the Footsteps, or learn how you can purchase or borrow a pedometer and begin your own journey through the traditional territory of Mi’kma’ki, please contact us today.