People of the Dawn
The Benoit Lnu'k/Mi'kmaq Community traces its history back to the Chego/Shegone family, to Francois Benoit and Anne L'Official, and to a number of other Lnu'k/Mi'kmaq families who are the ancestors to most of the Benoit family of Lnu'k/Mi'kmaq in Taqamkuk. We are proud Benoit (eagle) clan. Other prominent family names in our community include Benoit, Young, Jesso, and Marche. We are status Indians under the provincial Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation Band.
Lnu'k/Mi'kmaq have always had a prominent presence in St. George's Bay (Baie St-George) and on Payun Aqq Payunji'j (the Port au Port Peninsula). Many of our Lnu'k/Mi'kmaq ancestors came from around Pitu'pa'q (Bras d'Or lakes) in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. We also have Beothuk connections.
Benoit 1st Nation recognizes the Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation Saqamaw as our Taqamkuk Chief of the Taqamkukewa'q (Newfoundland Mi'kmaq) outside of Miawpukek First Nation (Conne River). However Saqamaw Misel Joe remains as our trational Chief of all of Ktaqamkuk (Newfoundland).