Jesse Francis

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Jesse Francis began working for Parks Canada in 1994. In 2001, he started what would become a five-year secondment with Lennox Island First Nation, working for the community in the development of cultural and eco-tourism.

Since 2005, Jesse has worked in a role which is a partnership between the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI and Parks Canada- one of the key ways by which the groups work together toward the accomplishment of their shared goals.

Jesse works in many aspects of the PEI First Nations – Parks Canada relationship and has managed a wide variety of culture and heritage projects.  He led the development of the travelling exhibition called Ni’n na L’nu: The Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island, and co-authored, along with John Johnston, the award-winning book of the same name.  Since 2017, he has been part of work by both the Mi’kmaq Confederacy and Parks Canada to revitalize the presentation of history, especially Mi’kmaq history, at Skmaqn – Port-la-Joye – Fort Amherst.

Jesse lives in Wellington, Prince Edward Island with his wife Moira and their three children.