From time immemorial, the peoples of the sovereign Miâ€™kmaq territory
of Signigtog have lived upon their traditional lands with their own
governments, political systems, language, culture, spirituality, and diverse
means of livelihood. They have never surrendered their sovereignty or
jurisdiction over their lands.
In 1701, the British Crown began to sign Peace and
Friendship Treaties with the Mi'kmaq, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot
First Peoples to end hostilities and encourage cooperation between the British
and First Peoples. The Peace and
Friendship Treaties recognize Aboriginal sovereignty and title to the lands
they traditionally use and occupy. What is now called Crown Land in the Province of New
Brunswick is unceded land and subject to Miâ€™kmaq jurisdiction.
On 14 May 2012, the Band Council of Elsipogtog First Nation,
a Mi'kmaq community, passed a resolution opposing shale gas exploration and
development within Elsipogtog First Nation and the Province of New Brunswick,
citing concerns about the environment and the need for direct consultation by
the Crown. On 30 May 2013, the
Mi'kmaq Grand Council of the Signigtog District 6 issued a public notice
prohibiting all â€śshale gas exploration and/or developmentâ€ť without the
â€śexpressed written consent and full participation of the Mi'kmaq Grand Council
and the Mi'kmaq people of the Signigtog District.â€ť
This delegation will replace the delegation originally scheduled to go to Grassy Narrows during these dates.
FUNDRAISING EXPECTATION: $625 (Cdn or USD). Delegates arrange and pay for their own transportation to Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.
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