The new Epekwitk Assembly of Councils building is nearing completion on the Charlottetown waterfront. The state-of-the-art structure will house the Assembly Chamber for the PEI Mi’kmaq leadership, as well as provide office space for L’nuey (the Epekwitk Mi’kmaq rights initiative) and the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI—sister organizations under the Epekwitk Assembly of Councils.
This landmark is an important stepping-stone towards reconciliation and is a long overdue presence for the Mi’kmaq leadership in the province’s capital city.
The building will also serve as an economic driver for the PEI First Nations. The main purpose of the ground floor is to assist in the incubation and development of Indigenous businesses and to support Indigenous entrepreneurs and showcase artisans.
The Epekwitk Assembly of Councils building will be a focal point of Mi’kmaq history and culture, with artwork and artisan design being reflected on the interior and exterior.
The environmentally friendly building was designed with colours and materials that symbolize the red earth, blending in with adjacent buildings and incorporating circles and curves that feature prominently in Mi’kmaq culture. Coast Design Inc Architects is responsible for the building design.