L’Arche Antigonish

Situated in the small university town of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, L’Arche Antigonish has been operating since 1979.

Today, the community is home to 22 people with developmental disabilities. Our homes and day programs are integrated into the local neighbourhoods and our thirty-year history has cultivated a welcoming presence and support from the Antigonish and area citizenry.
L’Arche Antigonish also operates and provides a summer camp experience during the months of July and August. This day camp welcomes students with learning challenges and furthers our outreach to families.

Since our beginning, we have also benefited through our involvement with St. Francis Xavier University. This has enriched our lives through friendship and new learning experiences. Most recently the Art department has integrated many of us into their weaving program.


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Official Opening and Prayer

Rosie Sylliboy and some of her friends (see video) from Mawit’mk joined us to lead the welcome ceremonies. Rosie is from the We’Koqma’q first nation.

She is no stranger to L’Arche. She first visited L’Arche Cape Breton in 1986, and spent some time in the workshop. Then, she joined L’Arche Tacoma. Rosie remained close to the vision and values of L’Arche , and hoped for a place in her own Mi’kmaw community where the unique gifts of each person would be celebrated. The dream was realized in 2007 when Mawita’mk opened. Mawita’mk means being together. Today, Rosie is the manager. Mawita’mk activities include a work program, assisted living for people with disabilities, cultural workshops, drumming and traditional medicine. People receive supports in the Mi’kmaq language which is an integral part of their spiritual identity.

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John Gillis piped the delegates into the Assembly. Bagpipe music and the tartan celebrate the traditions of New Scotland (Nova Scotia).

John Rietschlin, the chair of the Board of L’Arche Canada, opened the General Assembly.

Will Brewer, the town crier for Olde Town of Halifax, joined us for the welcome. Will is believed to be the first town crier in Canada who has Down syndrome. He called each community to come forward and present the tartan they created to represent their community. The L’Arche tartans celebrate the unique gift of each community coming together as one L’Arche Canada.

The evening ended in prayer where we remembered our members who died in the past year.

Video of the Day

Opening ceremony (watch online on Vimeo)
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