The Passamaquoddy: Peskotomuhkati

Passamaquoddy have lived and flourished within our ancestral homeland at the least since the time when the Laurentide Ice Glaciers melted away from this part of North America, about 10 to 14 thousand years ago.

Passamaquoddy Bay and neighboring West Isles Archipelago also provided an abundance of salt-water food fish due to the productivity of the deep, cold, strong upwelling currents. The productivity and diversity of fish within the Passamaquoddy Bay region was truly magnificent, fitting the description of a Garden of Eden. Nature provided everything the Passamaquoddy people needed to thrive. In this environment we developed a vibrant Indigenous Economy.

The Pleasant Point peninsula (Sipayik) is a traditional seasonal fishing village to the Passamaquoddy. Because of its unique location at the confluence of the Passamaquoddy and Cobscook Bays it was (and remains today) the unique location providing safe harbor, quick access to inland and ocean waterways, and access to abundant marine resources for sustenance such as shell fish, marine mamals and other fish, etc.

For millennia the Passamaquoddy way-of-life was to hunt, fish, trap and gather food and medicine and to employ the natural resources of the environment to sustain our communities. Over the past 400 years the encroachment and degradation of the resources in our homeland forced Passamaquoddies to adapt, forcing a shift away from our traditional indigenous economy. We had to find alternative ways to survive and to feed our families.

Today there are over 3,000 Passamaquoddy citizens.

There are three distinct self-governing Passamaquoddy communities within the tribes ancestral homeland. Two communities are located in Maine. Pleasant Point and Indian Township and the third is located at St. Andrews New, Brunswick. Each community is separated by geography but the people continue to maintain close political, social and kinship ties.


Message From The Chief

Dear Community Members,
We are reaching out again to provide updates regarding the trial and what is offered here in Sipayik for supports. We know that this has been a very stressful time for our people.  Words cannot express the devastating impact the death and loss of Kim Neptune has had for her family and the community as a whole. As many know, the trial has begun, and it is very painful for all affected.  Though we have no definite dates, we understand that the trial may continue throughout the month of December. This affects everyone deeply. Our hearts are heavy, and our prayers are with the community.
At this time, the following supports are planned:
·         Wabanaki Wampum CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management) team will be helping to support a weekly Strength and Support Fire. The fire will be lit on Thursday December 14 and then again, on Tuesday December 19th, starting at 8 am and closing at 10 pm at the Transition House on Route 1 in Sipayik. The fire is offered for everyone.
·         The PPHC Behavioral Health Department is offering drop-in hours from 2 pm-3 pm Monday through Friday. If additional supports are needed outside these times, please contact Linda Nicholas @ 853-5011.
·         We hope to offer times with additional support and activities for the children at the Youth and Rec Center.
·          The Drop-In center Woluke building located at the old daycare will be open Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 4 pm-8:30 pm.
AA Meeting Monday weekly @ 7:00 pm-8:00 pm
NA Meeting Wednesday weekly @ 7:00 pm-8:00 pm
Wellbriety Meeting Friday weekly @ 7:00 pm-8:00 pm
The Wabanaki Care Line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via phone call or text at 1-844-844-2622.
Going forward, we will continue to assess needs and coordinate additional support as we all move through this difficult situation and move toward healing.
Chief Pos Bassett

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