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Paq’tnkek Mi’kmaw Nation votes in support of new highway interchange – CBC

by ahnationtalk on July 14, 201755 Views

Residents hopes project will spur development on reserve near Antigonish

Jul 14, 2017

A $15.3-million highway interchange project near Antigonish, N.S., is one step closer to fruition after residents of the Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation voted in favour of surrendering land for the project on Thursday evening.

Ninety-six per cent of those who cast ballots supported the project. Voter turnout was 67.4 per cent, with 277 of 411 eligible voters participating.

The Paqtnkek First Nation is located between Heatherton and Tracadie, about 25 kilometres east of Antigonish.

Highway 104 divides the reserve into two pieces. Ever since the highway was built in the 1960s, residents have not been able to easily access about 200 hectares to the south of the highway.

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