Stephen Augustine is a Hereditary Chief on the Mi’kmaq Grand Council and the Associate Vice-President of Indigenous Affairs and Unama’ki College at Cape Breton University. Previously he was the Curator of Ethnology for Eastern Maritimes at the Canadian Museum of Civilisation in Gatineau/Ottawa. He holds a Masters degree in Canadian Studies from Carleton University, focusing on traditional knowledge curriculum development in the education system and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Political Science from St. Thomas University.
Over the years, Mr Augustine has shared his expertise in research and traditional knowledge with many organisations, including government departments, the Assembly of First Nations, and various Indigenous communities across Canada. In his role as a Hereditary Chief on the Mi’kmaq Grand Council and by Elders’ training since an early age, Mr Augustine has a thorough command of traditional practices, his language, and his people’s history.