The Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve preserves the cultural integrity and heritage in the region. The most significant of these cultural heritage resources is the history of the First Nations (Mi’kmaq) land stewardship. The rich cultural heritage of the region also includes the founding settlements of the first French and early British colonies in the New World at the historic sites of La Have, Fort Anne and Annapolis Royal. Black settlement by people escaping southern slave trade is celebrated along the southwestern shore region in Shelburne county. The biosphere reserve includes Mi’kmaq, Acadian, English, Scottish and many other cultures. The result of this diversity is a unique mix of traditions, food, festivals and communities.