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Bernie Francis


Bernie Francis, DLitt, grew up on the Maupeltu (Membertou) First Nation community in Cape Breton, NS. From 1970-1974, he worked as the Director of the Court Worker Program for the federal court system, a program that ensures fair and proper treatment for Mi’kmaw people including access to a translator. Francis, working with Doug Smith, developed a new orthography of the Mi?kmaw language, officially recognized by the Mi?kmaw chiefs of Nova Scotia.