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First Nation cut off from half its land for 50 years hopes to get access again – CBC

by ahnationtalk on June 5, 2017131 Views

Band members will have their say on the multi-million dollar highway project July 13

Jun 05, 2017

A “pivotal vote” next month will determine whether a small First Nation near Antigonish, N.S., gains access to reserve land that’s sat unused for decades.

The construction of the Trans-Canada Highway in the mid-60s split the Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation in half, isolating about 200 hectares on the south side. Despite attempts by band councils over the years, a direct route to the separated land was never built.

It’s meant the growing community is running out of space.

But a recent agreement between Paqtnkek and the federal and provincial governments could change that. The three parties have agreed to an estimated $15.3 million interchange project that band council hopes paves the way for a new era of economic growth.

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