October 1st, 2021
Lachance: Mi’kmaq History Month a time for Treaty education, reconciliation
HALIFAX -- NDP Caucus L’nu Affairs spokesperson Lisa Lachance made the following statement on Treaty Day:
“Today marks the 35th Treaty Day observed in Nova Scotia, on the unceded ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq. The theme of Mi’kmaq History Month this year is “Ekina’masimkl Ankukamkewe’l aqq Tela’matultimk Wejiaq - Exploring Treaties and Treaty Relationships.”
The Peace and Friendship Treaties are the foundation of our shared history and present-day relationships. Today, Mi’kmaq fishers are asserting their right to a moderate livelihood fishery as upheld by the Marshall Decision. Mi’kmaq are standing up to defend the air, land and water against environmental threats.
We have a long way to go on the journey towards truth, justice and reconciliation, together with Mi’kmaq communities. This October, let’s take the time to educate ourselves about the Treaties and what it means to be Treaty people in Mi’kma’ki.”