Indigenous chiefs say land reclamation a must for self-determination
Nova Scotia First Nations chiefs want to move toward self-government, but some say it’s only possible if they can stake a meaningful claim over more ancestral land.
“It’s fine and dandy to talk about self-government and self-determination, but what are we going to govern, really?” We’koqma’q Chief Rod Googoo said in an interview.
Googoo and other Indigenous leaders from across Canada met in Halifax for three days this week to talk about how they might move away from the Indian Act and start to manage their own affairs.
The First Nations Self Government Summit is the first of its kind and was organized by the Assembly of First Nations regional chiefs for Atlantic Canada with the goal of planning to make a break from the Indian Act. Googoo said that after hearing from some of the speakers at the summit, he’s assured that land reclamation has to be a part of the conversation for the Mi’kmaq. More on this “complex problem” at thestar.com/halifax