Mi’kmaw poet and songwriter Rita Joe was born in Whycocomagh (d. March 20, 2007). She was referred to as the poet laureate of the Mi’kmaq people. In 1978, her first book of poems, The Poems of Rita Joe, was published by Abanaki Press. She published six more books and was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1989, and of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada in 1992. (Photo: Mi’kmaq poet Rita Joe is invested into the Order of Canada by then Governor General Ray Hnatyshyn in 1990. Canadian Press.)