“After decades of negotiations between the island’s First Nation leaders and the federal and provincial governments, more than 20,000 of Newfoundland’s Mi’kmaq population have been recognized as status Indians by the Government of Canada.” Justin Brake looks into the events that unfolded over the years to lead Canada to this historic moment, and what this means to the Mi’kmaq. Brake himself was born in Gander, grew up on the mainland, and learned of his Mi’kmaq ancestry after returning to the island in 2007. He is a founding member of the Qalipu band. Click here to read.

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