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Highway interchange gives Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation access to cut-off land – CBC

by ahnationtalk on January 15, 2019149 Views

Community developing land and hopes to open gas station and convenience store later this year

Jan 15, 2019

A new interchange on Highway 104 gives Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation near Antigonish, N.S., access to reserve land that’s sat unused for decades.

Federal and provincial politicians gathered with the community leadership for an official opening Tuesday morning.

The Trans-Canada Highway divided the community when it was built in the early 1960s. Now the new infrastructure allows the community to access about 200 hectares of land to the south of the highway that had been cut off.

Chief Paul Prosper called it a “historic celebration.”

“It’s really nice to see things come around from denial of basic certain rights related to access to sort of a reconciliation approach where there is recognition of the rights of our community,” he said.

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