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npl -macs or -mac
1. (Peoples) a member of a North American Indian people formerly living in the Maritime Provinces of Canada
2. (Languages) the language of this people, belonging to the Algonquian family
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(ˈmɪk mæk)

n., pl. -macs, (esp. collectively) -mac.
1. a member of an American Indian people of the Maritime Provinces and the Gaspé Peninsula.
2. the Algonquian language of the Micmac.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Micmac - a member of the Algonquian people inhabiting the Maritime Provinces of CanadaMicmac - a member of the Algonquian people inhabiting the Maritime Provinces of Canada
Algonquian, Algonquin - a member of any of the North American Indian groups speaking an Algonquian language and originally living in the subarctic regions of eastern Canada; many Algonquian tribes migrated south into the woodlands from the Mississippi River to the Atlantic coast
2.Micmac - the Algonquian language of the Micmac
Algonquian language, Algonquin, Algonquian - family of North American Indian languages spoken from Labrador to South Carolina and west to the Great Plains
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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.
Lawrence's treaties do not, as the few critics who have bothered to read them point out, explicitly confer upon Mi'kmaqs any right to trade the fruits of their hunting and gathering.
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.
He is a spiritual leader for the Mi'Kmaq, and was involved in the drafting of the United Nations' Declaration of Indigenous Peoples of the World.