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Our History

Overlooking beautiful Tatamagouche Bay, where the Waugh and French Rivers merge, our year-round facility is located at a gathering place that was used for thousands of years by the M’ikmaq, and later, from 1710 to 1755 by the Acadians.

For over 60 years Tatamagouche Centre has been a meeting place for those who deeply care about spirituality, leadership, and social justice. From the early days of winter sessions in the 50’s and 60’s, the human relations emphasis in the later 60’s and 70’s, to current programs such as the Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network and partnerships with First Nations Communities, the Centre has touched the lives of thousands of people. Tatamagouche Centre is a leader and innovator, offering at least 10 programs each year. We also provide warm hospitality to hundreds of church, community and other organizations as well as offering self-contained, private retreat space.

Mission Statement

Open to the spirit, rooted in the gospel tradition, Tatamagouche Centre is an education and retreat centre which invites and challenges people from diverse backgrounds to personal wholeness, right relationships, respect for creation, and justice in the world.

Inclusion Statement

Through the full welcome and inclusion of all people, Tatamagouche Centre offers its hospitality to everyone, works for the justice of all people, and joyfully affirms and celebrates human diversity in sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, ability, race, religion and age, regardless of economic situation.

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that our Centre is located in Mi’kma’ki (MEEG-MA-GEE), the traditional and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq. Tatamagouche is a historical and contemporary gathering place for the Mi’kmaq, and the name Tatamagouche is derived from a Mi’kmaq word which roughly translates to “the place where the water is barred by sand.”

We recognize and honor the Mi’kmaq for our respective rights to reside here in harmony and for the continued well-being of this territory. We commit to peace and friendship and strive to work together with the Mi’kmaq and other Indigenous nations to preserve the lands and waters, and to live out our roles and responsibilities as Treaty people within the sacred Treaties of Peace and Friendship.