PEI Mi’kmaq Chiefs Respond to Mill River Decisionby Tammy MacDonald
The following is distributed by the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI
For Immediate Release
Charlottetown, PEI — 25 June 2018
PEI Mi’kmaq Chiefs Respond to Mill River Decision
The Mi’kmaq have been provided with the decision of Justice Gordon Campbell in relation to the Mill River Judicial Review Application and are obviously disappointed with the result. The First Nation Councils will be reviewing all elements of the decision in the coming days and will engage with legal counsel as next steps are considered.
“We recognize that many landmark decisions supporting the First Nations in this country were unsuccessful at the trial level, but were ultimately successful at the appeal level, including the Supreme Court of Canada. We need time to digest the decision and to meet with our legal counsel but we are aware that this may very well be the first step in a lengthy legal process.”, said Chief Brian Francis of the Abegweit First Nation. “We understand that the road to protecting our constitutionally entrenched Mi’kmaq Aboriginal and treaty rights may very well be a long one, but we are committed to standing up for the Mi’kmaq of this province”, said Chief Matilda Ramjattan of the Lennox Island First Nation.
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