Etuaptmumk (Two-eyed Seeing) as a Guiding Principle For Camp Development, Implementation and Evaluation

Originally funded as a pilot in 2017 by the National Science and Engineering Council (NSERC) Promo-Science Program, the project recently received funding to support three more years of community-based programming. The recent funding from NSERC Promo-Science supports the existing partnerships between Mount Saint Vincent University, Sipekne’katik First Nation and Pictou Landing First Nation, Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey and has  expanded to Acadia First Nation.

Etuaptmumk (Two-eyed Seeing) is a guiding principle for co-learning and integrative science, translated by Mi’kmaq Elders and academics (Dr. Cheryl Bartlett, Elders Albert and Murdena Marshall) from Unama’ki (Cape Breton, Nova Scotia). The guiding principles are based on reciprocal relationship building and seeing the world with the strengths of both Indigenous and Western scientific perspectives. With guidance from Elders, Knowledge Keepers, community partners, and Western scientists, the Two-Eyed Seeing Project aims to embrace these guiding principles to co-create a summer camp and various events for Mi’kmaw youth in Nova Scotia.

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Camp Activities and Resources

Each year we develop, test, and implement hands on activities guided by Two-Eyed Seeing. Below you can find some examples of our activities and corresponding student hand outs and an interview we did with Elder Albert Marshall. To get access to all of our activities, videos, interviews, and other resources, please email

Interview with Elder Albert Marshall:

Mijipjewey na Pisun-Food is Medicine
Mijipjewey na Pisun Activity Handouts

Voice of the Drum
Voice of the Drum Activity Handouts


We are frequently looking for volunteers to help implement the Two-Eyed Seeing Camp. As a volunteer, you will be asked to submit a criminal record check and resume. All volunteers will receive training related to Mi’kmaq history and cultural competence and will be assigned a role depending on need. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact our project coordinator at

Job Opportunities

The Two-Eyed Seeing Project hires MSVU science students and recent graduates to help implement, develop, and evaluate the camp. Past and current roles have included a development and Implementation team made up of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Mount Students. As job opportunities become available, they will be posted on this site and shared on our social media platforms.

Contact the Two-Eyed Seeing Project

If you are interested in becoming involved with the Two-Eyed Seeing Project, or if you have questions, please email our project lead at or our coordinator at

Find us on Social Media

Facebook: Two-Eyed Seeing Project
Twitter: @TES_Camp
Instagram: @twoeyedseeingcamp


The Two-Eyed Seeing camp was originally funded as a Math-Sci initiative in 2017 with support from Dr. Tamara Franz-Odendaal and Dr. Danielle Cox. In 2018 and 2019 the camp was launched as a pilot 1-week in person day camp. On day 1 Mi’kmaq youth attended the camp at MSVU, followed by one day in each partner community (Pictou Landing, and Sipekne’katik), finishing the week off with a “science fair” in Sipekne’katik First Nation where youth made posters displaying the activities they engaged in over the week. During year 1 and 2, a variety of activities were developed and implemented including: The Voice of the Drum, Getting to know Amu (the bee), Composting at the Community Garden, and more. While in community, youth participated in medicine walks and a water ceremony led by local Elders/Knowledge Holders.  For more on the pilot camp, check out the media releases from 2018 and 2019

Pictured:  Elder Gary Joseph discussing Mi’kmaw perspectives on plants during a laboratory activity on botany


Recently the Two-Eyed Seeing Camp received additional funding to support 3 more years of camp development, implementation, and evaluation from NSERC Promo-Science. Although Covid-19 put a hold on hosting the in person week long camp in 2020, we were still able to host a variety of online and in person events, as well as prepare activities to be shared with teachers in Mi’kma’ki. During 2020 we hosted Wellness Workshops informed by the medicine wheel in all three partner communities and an online Meet the Mentor Mawio’mi supported through funding from the Canadian Roots Exchange. We also held a variety of online competitions including a logo contest, which was won by Grace Berry of Acadia First Nation. Grace worked with Mi’kmaw graphic designer Gerald Gloade to come up with the final version of her logo.

Next year we hope to hold the Two-Eyed Seeing Camp in person for youth in Sipekne’katik First Nation, Pictou Landing Frist Nation, and Acadia First Nation.