Pastimes: Mi’kmaq presence in Pictou County 1800-1867 – The News

by ahnationtalk on October 4, 201975 Views

The Pictou Landing First Nation has played a significant historical, cultural and social role in the very fabric and development of Pictou County. Centuries before European explorers and settlers came to the area, the Mi’kmaq had developed a form of a democratic system where the community would gather together and elect a chief. The Mi’kmaw Nation was self-governing and important decisions were contemplated through the body of the traditional Mi’kmaw government – the Mi’kmaq Grand Council. This structure found its basis at the village level, whereby a local chief presided over the council of elders of his village or band and was responsible to carry out the decisions of his group of Elders.

Although local chiefs did not hold an official position within the Sante’ Mawio’mi, their concerns were brought forth by the district chiefs. The district chief presided over his area’s council of local chiefs with the responsibility for settling issues that might cause serious conflict among the districts or between nations in regard to such matters as treaties, alliances, or in time of war.

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