||The Island Way of Life is inextricably
linked with our cultural and natural heritage, our
families, our ethnic roots, and our contemporary artistic
community. These four key elements remind us of who we
are, where we are, where we have come from, and where we
Vital to our collective identity, our heritage, and our sense of place, Island history is preserved in the form of historic buildings, museums, monuments, parks, and heritage roads. More than mere relics from the past, these institutions are a living part of our communities today.
The Island tradition of storytelling, music-making, traditional dance, ancient languages, and community identity would not have endured as long as it has if it were not for their transmittal from generation to generation. Today, descendants of Islanders and locals alike are picking up the threads of family history and retracing their genealogical steps into the past.
From our first peoples, the Mikmaq, through the arrival of Acadian pioneers and settlers from Scotland, Ireland, England, and the United States and up to more recent ripples of immigration, Prince Edward Island has been home to many cultures. Some have attained high visibility at the expense of lesser-known cultures. But each can lay claim to a part of the Island Way of Life.
Through both contemporary and traditional music, dance, theatre, art, and crafts, Islanders are expressing who they are as individuals and who we all are as members of Prince Edward Island communities and as citizens on the eve of a new millennium.