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Mi’kmaq, PEI property rights dispute heads to court – The Globe and Mail

by ahnationtalk on January 15, 2018132 Views

A long-simmering property rights dispute between Mi’kmaq people on Prince Edward Island and the provincial government that has landmark potential will be aired in a PEI court this week.

The Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI, which represents Abegweit and Lennox Island First Nations, the two Mi’kmaq bands on PEI, has applied for judicial review of the province’s sale of a 325-acre golf course and resort property known as Mill River to a private buyer.

The Mi’kmaq assert their traditional territory once encompassed all of PEI and state in their filings that they “have never been conquered or surrendered their interests or rights with respect to these lands and water.” The Mill River land, they say, has both cultural and historical significance to Mi’kmaq people and, as such, provincial officials had a legal obligation known as “duty to consult” with the First Nations before agreeing to sell off the property. Its sale will further whittle the amount of already limited Crown land – and thus land for which Indigenous people can receive accommodations – on PEI.

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