Nova Sco­tia to grant par­don to late Mi’kmaq chief con­victed of il­le­gal hunt­ing

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HAL­I­FAX — Nova Sco­tia will grant a post­hu­mous par­don Thurs­day to the first elected Mi’kmaq grand chief who be­came a pas­sion­ate ad­vo­cate for treaty rights af­ter be­ing con­victed of il­le­gal hunt­ing. Gabriel Syl­li­boy will re­ceive only the sec­ond post­hu­mous par­don in Nova Sco­tia his­tory, af­ter black civil rights pi­o­neer Vi­ola Des­mond. The prov­ince said it will also apol­o­gize to Syl­li­boy, who died in 1964, at a cer­e­mony Thurs­day at Gov­ern­ment House in Hal­i­fax. Syl­li­boy was born in 1874 at Why­co­co­magh, He was con­victed of hunt­ing il­le­gally in 1927, but took his fight to the Supreme Court of Nova Sco­tia, claim­ing treaty rights as his de­fence. He lost, but the Supreme Court of Canada af­firmed the Mi’kmaq peo­ple’s treaty rights decades later.

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