Gerald Gloade, a, Mi’kmaq artist and cultural historian, is pictured with his winning design of the Canadian 150th anniversary nickel. Gloade will make a presentation on Mi’kmaq history on April 30 in Tatamagouche. Submitted photo

As part of building bridges of understanding, Gerald Gloade, a Mi’kmaq artist and cultural historian from Millbrook, will present “A Mi’kmaq History of the Maritimes.”

Gloade will share his knowledge of Mi’kmaq archeology, geographical regions, ecological seasonal calendar and overall traditions and practices on April 30 at 3:30 p.m. in Roach Hall at Hills of Annan in Tatamagouche.

The artist and educator is currently the program development officer for the Mi’kmawey Debert Cultural Centre. He began his career working as a graphic designer for the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources’ Communications and Education Branch more than 25 years ago. The focus of his work moved from forestry education and graphic art to sharing his culture and history in the landscape and environment of Mi’kma’ki with many audiences.

As an artist, Gloade was recently honoured when his illustration of a beaver was chosen from thousands of entries for the Royal Canadian Mint’s “My Canada, My Inspiration” coin design contest celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary.

The Outreach Committee of the Tatamagouche United Church pastoral charge is sponsoring Gloade’s presentation, which is part of efforts to work for understanding, healing and reconciliation to build a more just society. Everyone is welcome to attend. There is no charge for the presentation.