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Who belongs in Canada’s newest and possibly largest First Nation?

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An application for membership in the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation. (Colleen Connors/CBC)

Bureaucratic process conflicts with cultural identity as Newfoundland band and federal government disagree on enrolment points system

Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation, which includes Mi’kmaq from all across Newfoundland, stands to become the largest First Nation band in Canada with more than 104,000 applicants for membership since 2008.

That is, if the band and the federal government can figure out who belongs. Read the rest of this entry

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Alton Gas criminalizing grassroots Mi’kmaq water protectors

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February 12 2018

Alton Gas criminalizing grassroots Mi’kmaq water protectors

Efforts to protect treaty rights and water result met with aggression and threats of legal action

Sipekne’katik/Fort Ellis — Alton Gas has posted signs outside the Treaty Camp at the Shubenacadie River naming water protectors on site as trespassers and criminals.

Grassroots Mi’kmaq water protectors have been holding down a protection camp at the Shubenacadie River for nine months to prevent Alton Gas from dumping thousands of tons of salt brine into the sacred river every day. They are outraged by Alton Gas’ bully tactics and intent to resume work on the project without allowing Sipekne’katik to complete its community consultation process. Read the rest of this entry

Cornwallis rally in Halifax celebrates statue’s removal

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The statue of Cornwallis is removed on Feb 4, 2018, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The bronze monument of Halifax founder was removed from the south-end park on Wednesday

By Anjuli Patil, CBC News, Feb 4, 2018

A small group of people played the drums on top of the concrete square Sunday afternoon where the statue of Halifax founder Edward Cornwallis once stood for 87 years.

They’re celebrating the statue’s removal from the park that’s still named after him. Originally the event was going to be another call to remove the statue, but the municipality took down the bronze monument on Wednesday following a 12-4 vote. Read the rest of this entry

He’s coming down: Halifax council votes to remove Cornwallis statue

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Statue of Cornwallis in Halifax, NS. Andrew Vaughan / The Canadian Press

The statue will be moved into storage temporarily until council decides how to move forward.

After a lengthy debate, Halifax’s regional council has voted to temporarily take down the Edward Cornwallis statue.

On Tuesday, council passed a motion from HRM staff recommending the statue in Cornwallis Park be taken down immediately.

It will be put in storage while council attempts to revive a stalled committee,approved in October, to assess the use of the city’s controversial founder’s name on municipal property. Read the rest of this entry

Mi’kmaq chiefs want Cornwallis statue ‘removed immediately’

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A statue of Edward Cornwallis in downtown Halifax. Cornwallis, a governor of Nova Scotia, was a British military officer who founded Halifax in 1749. The same year, he issued the so-called scalping proclamation, offering a cash bounty to anyone who killed a Mi’kmaq person.

Panel to discuss the statue of man who offered a bounty for Mi’kmaq scalps has yet to be formed, chiefs say

By Marina von Stackelberg, CBC News, Jan 27, 2018

The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs is calling on Halifax regional council to remove the statue of Edward Cornwallis immediately, after a process to discuss the statue’s future became stalled. Read the rest of this entry

Protesters build permanent structure, plan to overwinter at Alton Gas site

alton-gas-protest-strawbale houseSpokesperson for natural gas storage project says house built on company land without permission

By Nina Corfu, CBC News, Dec 19, 2017

With second-floor sleeping bunks, shelves stocked with food and a crackling fire in the woodstove, Dale Andrew Poulette’s newly constructed straw bale home is the perfect place to spend the winter. Read the rest of this entry

Stop Alton Gas

Alton gas groupMi’kmaq and non-Indigenous allies are actively opposing the completion of the Alton Gas project near Stewiacke, Nova Scotia, and we’re calling for your assistance.

Alton Gas proposes to create two salt caverns in the near future in order to store natural gas underground, with the expressed intention to build  up to 15 more . The creation of these caverns would result in huge quantities of highly concentrated salt brine, which the company plans to dump down the Shubenacadie River. Read the rest of this entry

Video: Alton Gas Blockade

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by the Stimulator, Nov 9, 2017

To see video, see below… Read the rest of this entry

Mi’kmaq First Nation files land claim for vast portion of New Brunswick

The Elsipogtog Mi’kmaq First Nation is laying claim to a large parcel of land in southeastern New Brunswick.

The land claim, filed in provincial court on Wednesday by first people’s lawyer Bruce McIvor, covers roughly one third of the province. Read the rest of this entry

Oil exploration company halts drilling near Gaspé, announces talks with First Nations

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Junex has several wells at its Galt site, located in the Gaspé. (Radio-Canada)

Junex’s consultations with Mi’kmaq leaders will last 4 months

CBC News, September 2, 2017

Under mounting pressure from First Nations leaders and environmental activists, an oil exploration company has agreed to temporarily halt drilling activities at their site in the Gaspésie and hold consultations with the surrounding M’ikmaq communities. Read the rest of this entry