HUMBER ARM SOUTH — Kevin Barnes, the interim western vice-chief of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band, says he has a deep interest in the culture and heritage of his people.
The resident of the community of Benoit’s Cove in Humber Arm South man is chief of the Elmastogoeg First Nation Band of Benoit’s Cove. Since 2002, he has served as councillor and western vice-president of the former Federation of Newfoundland Indians.
Barnes, who is currently chair of the culture and heritage division of the Qalipu band, now wants to represent the Mi’kmaq people as the band’s elected western vice-chief in the upcoming Oct. 23 election.
Giving freely of his time, he visits schools within the Western School District to share his knowledge of the Mi’kmaq culture and traditions with elementary school students as requested. In 2011-12, he participated as a member of a panel for the Department of Education’s review of the Grade 5 social studies curriculum pertaining to aboriginal content.
As an interpreter with Parks Canada, his work gives him a voice to promote the Mi’kmaq culture and traditions through interpretive programs and education partnerships.