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‘A long way to go:’ Indigenous water protectors speak up at Treaty Day rally in Halifax – The Star

by ahnationtalk on October 2, 201920 Views

Oct. 1, 2019

HALIFAX—As Nova Scotians gathered to celebrate Treaty Day and mark the beginning of Halifax’s Mi’kmaq History Month on Tuesday, Indigenous water protectors spoke out to remind leaders of the ongoing legal struggles for those treaties to be upheld.

“Why are we still in court?” Ginny Marshall called out to the crowds gathered in Halifax’s Grand Parade, as Mayor Mike Savage read the Treaty Day proclamation.

Marshall, daughter of late Mi’kmaq warrior war chief Seven Bernard, said she spoke up during the ceremony to call attention to the ongoing fights to uphold treaty rights by protecting Nova Scotia’s waterways.

“We’re in court—why are we standing here for Treaty Day when we’re still in court?” Marshall said in an interview after the ceremony.

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