Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

Noel Knockwood, champion of Mi’kmaq culture in Nova Scotia, dies at 81

Donald Marshall, left, listens to Noel Knockwood, who provided translation from Mi’kmaq to English at the Marshall Inquiry in Halifax in 1988.

DOUG IVES/THE CANADIAN PRESS

Noel Knockwood, a spiritual leader in Nova Scotia known for his fierce dedication to Mi'kmaq culture, has died. He was 81.

Premier Stephen McNeil extended his condolences Friday on Knockwood's death, saying he was considered a pillar of his community who was committed to Mi'kmaq people and traditions.

Knockwood was born in Shubenacadie, about 60 kilometres northeast of Halifax, and attended the Shubenacadie Indian Residential School during his early years before joining the military.

Story continues below advertisement

A Korean War veteran, Knockwood served as the first aboriginal sergeant-at-arms for the provincial legislature from 2000 to 2005.

He also served on the Mi'kmaq Grand Council and was awarded the National Aboriginal Achievement Award for his efforts to strengthen Mi'kmaq heritage and spirituality in 2002.

Report an error Licensing Options
Comments

The Globe invites you to share your views. Please stay on topic and be respectful to everyone. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.

We’ve made some technical updates to our commenting software. If you are experiencing any issues posting comments, simply log out and log back in.

Discussion loading… ✨

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Globe Newsletters

Get a summary of news of the day

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Thank you!

You are now subscribed to the newsletter at

You can unsubscribe from this newsletter or Globe promotions at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of the newsletter, or by emailing us at privacy@globeandmail.com.