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Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq May Soon Be Self-governing


October is Mi’kmaq History Month in Nova Scotia, and fittingly, the province’s aboriginals could be about to make some: The Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia are on the verge of attaining complete self-government, CTV reports.

CTV Atlantic said on October 4 that the Mi’kmaq are looking to govern their own reserves within the province. They would even have their own legislature, a historic first in Canada.

"We are on the brink of developing our own governance structure," Chief Deborah Robinson told the television network. John Duncan, minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, would not comment, CTV said.

Chief Terry Paul told CTV that many details must be worked out, but that they would rather have their own House of Assembly rather than being governed indirectly by the federal government through the Indian Act, as they are now.

This revelation comes on the heels of the Newfoundland Mi’kmaq’s recent attainment of official Indian status, creating Canada’s largest First Nations band, the Qalipu. Their agreement did not include land, so there are no reserves to govern.

The Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq are in the middle of a renaissance in general, the Nova Scotia Business Journal reported in its October issue.