First Nations Storytellers provides authentic Indigenous
experiences in Greater Saint John to foster an
understanding of Indigenous culture.
Stories form the basis of our history and future. Thousands
of generations, philosophers, knowledge keepers and
spiritual leaders all lent their wisdom and teachings to
make us who we are today through the stories they told.
Discover the timeless wisdom of our peoples and how they
may help us understand the modern world better.
• Online Booking system with real time inventory for ease
• Customization available
• Group and volume rates available
Dave Smith (he/him)
Co-Founder & Storyteller
Dave has 20+ years of experience in customer
service. He is passionate about the environment
and reclaiming his culture through learning and
sharing with you on one of our experiences.
Gail Bremner (she/her)
Co-Founder & Business Development
30+ years in the tourism industry including hotels
sales, receptive tour operator and tourism coach.
Passionate about helping people, community and
Indigenous influence in the Saint John area is largely overlooked. Prior to the establishment of Canada’s oldest incorporated city, flourishing cultures already existed. Learn about the relationship and influence the Wolastoqi and Mi’kmaq peoples on the land in which this city is built.
The Mi’kmaq people of the Atlantic provinces of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland flourished in the land Mi’kma’ki. From their winter hunting grounds inland to the summer shores and even into the ocean, they built a Nation by living in balance with nature. Explore how this balance may have looked and why it is a desirable goal to achieve today.
When Samuel-de-Champlain first arrived in the Saint John harbour he was met by the Indigenous inhabitants of the village of Ouigoudy that called the Wolastoq their home. Their expertise and knowledge of the land proved invaluable to the new visitors and would ultimately allow the creation of Canada’s first incorporated city. Explore the relationship Fort la Tour had with the Wolastiqiyik people and how this location is the origins of Saint John, and Canada itself.
THE GATHERING – EVENING BONFIRE (Various, 60-90 minutes)
The stories of the Indigenous origins of Canada’s oldest incorporated city are not widely known. Prior to the arrival of Europeans to this area, families and friends gathered around fires and told stories handed down through the ages. Learn the importance of stories and how their timeless wisdom still applies today.
First Nations Storytellers recognizes and affirms that we operate on the unceded and unsurrendered ancestral lands of the Wolastoqiyik, Peskotomuhkati and Mi’kmaq, respectively known as Wolastokuk, Peskotomuhkatik and Mi’kmaki. These lands are covered by the Treaties of Peace and Friendship first signed with the British Crown in 1725, and then recognized and affirmed by Canada in section 35 of the Constitution Act of 1982. We invite you to learn about these agreements and how they protect the livelihood and cultural practices of the original inhabitants of this land you call home.