Indige­nous chiefs say land recla­ma­tion a must for self-de­ter­mi­na­tion

StarMetro Halifax - - HALIFAX - TARYN GRANT

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 thes­­i­fax

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