Mi'kmawey Debert By Harrison, Brianna and Mallory


Map of Debert, NS

The Debert Palaeo-Indian Site is located nearly three miles southeast of Debert, Colchester County, Nova Scotia, Canada.


Scraper, made of chert

Scrapers are unifacial tools that were used either for hideworking or woodworking purposes. A unifacial tool is a specific type of stone tool that has been flaked on one surface only.

Retouched flake/blade made of chert

Thanks to a group of archaeology sites in Colchester County, this retouched flake or blade, which is about 10,500 years old, was found at Debert and is among the earliest evidence we have of people living in what is now Nova Scotia.

Historical Events


More than 11,000 years ago Debert was the home of the first people. They continue to discover an reveal new evidence of people living in what was an ice -age landscape. 13,000 and 9,000 years ago there was a major climate change . The glaciers slowly melted and retreated over thousands of years. Then very suddenly the area quickly went into a mini ice-age, this ice-age lasted for several thousand years. After this time, Mi’kma’ki became increasingly warmer.

Significance to the Mi'kmaq

Wasoqte'kek Debert

This is the oldest dated archaeological sites in Canada, and are among the largest and best preserved archaeological sites of this age in North America. And was the Mi'kmaq's first known homeland.

Created By
Harrison MacDonald


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