representatives set eel traps as part of a protest to a natural gas storage project.
The series of interactive workshops included the Canadian Red Cross RespectED on Bullying, the Calgary John Howard Society on Youth Drug Impact, MiKmaq
on Youth Leadership, and the Alex on Healthy Sexual Decision Making.
See Henderson, "Inheritances", supra note 11 at 18 (in an attempt to reject state imposed criminal process in the Mikmaq
Compact of 1752, the Mikinaq restricted the application of colonial law to the civil arena, thereby retracting earlier consent tu English criminal law).
Antipathy between the British and the French already was legendary, and the Acadians flouted convention by declaring neutrality and claiming common law rights, as well as recognizing close kinship and alliance with the native Mikmaq.
Even the name Acadia reflects cultural syncretism: It is best understood as a combination of the French l'Acadie, a corruption of "Arcadia" (by which name the area was christened in 1524 by explorer Giovanni da Verrazano), and the suffix akadie, or "place of abundance," in the language of the Mikmaq.
See also "The burden of language in the Mikmaq
case" Globe & Mail (6 October 1999) A14; "The Supreme Court all at sea" Globe & Mail (5 October 1999) A14.
For almost 50 years, the status of Mikmaq people in Newfoundland has been in question, but with the recent release of a report from the Canadian Human Rights Commission, some light may be shed on their plight.
Since Newfoundland joined confederation in 1949, the Mikmaq people in the province have been refused status under the Indian Act and their communities have not been recognized as bands.
Retired Queen's University law professor Noel Lyon wrote his report on the Newfoundland Mikmaq
situation for the Canadian Human Rights Commission in a respectful, scholarly fashion but his conclusions nonetheless are a scathing indictment of the federal government's approach to self government issues and a vindication of objections voiced by Aboriginal leaders.