Treaty Day Highlights Key Milestones Over Past Year

Aboriginal Affairs

Published Friday, October 1, 2010

The relationship between the Mi'kmaq and the province is growing every day and continues to show positive results in a number of areas Premier Darrell Dexter said during a Treaty Day ceremony at Province House in Halifax.


Since last year's celebrations, we have shared in unforgettable moments, good work and real progress. In particular, the 400th anniversary of the baptism of Grand Chief Membertou in June was a deeply significant event, and one in which I was proud and honoured to participate.Premier Darrell Dexter, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs

The Mi'kmaq-Nova Scotia-Canada Consultation Terms of Reference recognizes the important role of the Mi'kmaq in decision-making and demonstrates a spirit of good will and co-operation among the three parties." It is the only agreement of its kind in Canada.Premier Darrell Dexter

We come together today as treaty partners and renew our unique relationship with the Crown as friends and neighbours. 2010 will be remembered as the year Mi'kmaq pride filled the hearts of so many and our people were showcased throughout this great nation and the world -- through the Membertou 400 celebrations, Her Majesty The Queen's visit and the rebirth of the Mi'kmaw Summer Games.Mi'kmaq Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy

Mi'kmaq Treaty Day in Nova Scotia recognizes the signing of the Peace and Friendship Treaties of the 1700s, and is the basis of the ongoing partnerships between the Mi'kmaq and the Crown. Government is proud to be part of this celebration which provides an opportunity to recognize the important contribution made by the Mi'kmaq to the province's history, culture and economy.John Duncan, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians

Quick Facts

-- Work between the Mi'kmaq, the province and federal government led to significant gains last month when the three parties signed the Mi'kmaq-Nova Scotia-Canada Consultation Terms of Reference.

-- The landmark agreement creates a clear and consistent single-window approach to decision-making around land development, protection and regulation involving the aboriginal community.

-- During the Treaty Day ceremony, the premier and Mi'kmaq representatives presented a number of awards to elders and youth from Mi'kmaq communities throughout the province. The ceremony began in 1986 with the signing of a proclamation by then Grand Chief Donald Marshall Senior.

-- The day marks the beginning of Mi'kmaq History Month in Nova Scotia.

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Media Contact

Jackie Van Amburg
Aboriginal Affairs
Deborah Ginnish
Mi'kmaq Association of Cultural Studies
Office of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada


Mi’kmaq youth lean over a fence during Treaty Day ceremonies in Halifax.
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Mi’kmaq march down the street with a Treaty Day banner during festivities in Halifax.
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Mi’kmaq drummers perform during a Treaty Day march in Halifax.
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Mi’kmaq veterans take part in Treaty Day ceremonies.
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Mi’kmaq take part in a morning mass on Treaty Day.
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Premier Darrell Dexter rises to speak during the Treaty Day ceremony at Province House.
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Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy unveils the Mi'kmaq History Month poster.
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Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy and Grand Keptin Andrew Denny unveil the Mi'kmaq History Month poster.
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Premier Dexter talks about Treaty Day
Premier Dexter highlights accomplishments
Premier Dexter reflects on Membertou 400
Treaty Day Event full video


Premier Dexter says a process is now in place to allow government and Mi'kmaq to begin making progress on areas of concern.
Premier Dexter says the province is looking forward to working with the Mi'kmaq to build on the real progress that has occurred during the past year.
Grand Keptin Andrew Denny says it is an honour to celebrate 400 years of treaties and diplomacy.
Grand Keptin Denny says he shares a dream with others that the spirit and intent of treaties will be realized some day.