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
-- 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.