He was executive director and artistic director of the film Spirit World--The Story of the Mi'Kmaqs
and wrote a book of history about the Mi'kmaq
He was executive director and artistic director of the film Spirit World-The Story of the Mi'Kmaqs
and wrote a book of history about the Mi'Kmaq
Syliboy, a 1928 decision that dominated native rights law until overturned by one of Wildsmith's victories half a century later: it found treaties had no validity because Mi'kmaqs, being savages, weren't competent to sign them.
But Coates is less clear describing the white response to this renaissance of hope: preposterous exaggeration by white fishermen, many of whom had a long history of flouting conservation rules, of the biological and economic impact posed by the minuscule Mi'kmaq fishery; pandering by provincial politicians to the most extreme elements among white fishermen; the failure of politicians at all levels to affirm the rule of law; Dhaliwal's obdurate insistence that Mi'kmaqs had to play by white rules, when the court had unequivocally declared otherwise.
Marshall, the son of a late grand chief of the Mi'kmaq nation, fought the charges, supported by thirteen chiefs, the Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaqs and the Union of Nova Scotia Indians.
This has not been so for a Mi'kmaq Indian named Donald John Marshall Jr.
Lentaigne and minister Herb Dhaliwal falsely assert that the Marshall decisions merely required the department to provide Mi'kmaqs with "access" to the fishery.
Mi'kmaqs are often shy, and loathe to engage in verbal sparring in English, a language utterly different from their native tongue.
Technical people working for the Mi'kmaqs were still analyzing the report when, Christmas said, the company approached the chiefs with a request that they agree to allow the project to go ahead.
But the Mi'kmaq Grand Council says Manley trampled their people's constitutional and treaty rights in the process.
If you followed the national news last fall, you know the Supreme Court of Canada, citing ancient treaties, gave Mi'kmaqs
the right to hunt and fish whenever and wherever they want, without regard to seasons or other conservation rules.
The agenda for the forum has yet to be finalized, but it is the opinion of the Mi'kmaq
that topics such as self government and treaties, economic development, natural resources, education, social programs, health and justice should all be areas of concern, said Donald Julien, executive director of the Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaqs