Overlooking beautiful Tatamagouche Bay, where the Waughs and French Rivers merge, our year-round facility is located at a gathering place used for thousands of years by the M’ikmaq. The Mi’kmaq, then part of the Wabanaki Territory, entered Peace and Friendship Treaties in 1725 with the British Crown but neither ceded nor surrendered their land at that time. The Treaties were meant to form the basis of Peace and Friendship. We are still at work in righting relations and reconciliation from the violence and genocide that has occurred between our nations since this time.
From 1710 to 1755, the Acadians lived in the area and created a dyke system (still evident) to allow farming in marshlands. Following the forced expulsion of the Acadians, the Huguenots lived for a time on Centre grounds. Later, under Naval captain, Campbell, the Centre was the site of shipyards and a small supporting village. The United Church purchased the land in 1955 to form a Training Centre for United Church leaders, lay people and communities. Since that time, Tatamagouche Centre has proudly come to support diverse communities of spirituality, faith, racial and gender identities.
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 faith, community and other organizations as well as offer self-contained, private retreat space.
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.
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.
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 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.