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MMS 101

VOLUME 3 - DECEMBER 2013 The Mi’gmawei Mawiomi Assembly and Staff of the Mi’gmawei Mawiomi Secretariat would like to extend our warm wishes to you all for a Joyous Christmas and for a safe and Happy New Year! Our Offices will be closed during the Holidays: Dec. 23 - Jan.6th, 2014.

Comprehensive Claim vs. Specific Claim Over the years, community members have asked questions about Canada’s Aboriginal claims’ policies. What is a ‘comprehensive claim’? And, what is a ‘specific claim’?

ASSEMBLY MEMBERS: ✦Chief

Claude Jeannotte, Gespeg

✦Councillor

Terry Shaw, Gespeg

Here’s how Canada describes the two different types of claims:

✦Councillor

Kevin Langlois, Gespeg

Comprehensive Claims: These deal with the unfinished business of treaty-making in Canada. These claims arise in areas of Canada where Aboriginal land rights have not been dealt with by past treaties or through other legal means.

✦Chief

Specific Claims: Deal with past grievances of First Nations related to Canada's obligations under historic treaties, or the way it managed First Nations' funds or other assets. (Source: http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca)

Assembly Reaffirms their ‘Principles of Engagement’

Rod Larocque, Gesgapegiag

✦Councillor

Christianne Jerome, Gesgapegiag

✦Councillor Armand

Gesgapegag

✦Chief

Martin,

Dean Vicaire, Listuguj

✦Councillor

Calvin Barnaby, Listuguj

✦Councillor

Derek Barnaby, Listuguj

On October 9, 2012, the three Mi’gmaq communities of Gesgapegiag, Gespeg and Listuguj reaffirmed their ‘Principles of Engagement.’ The Declaration renewed the alliance of the Mi’gmawei Mawiomi, it states:

“This Declaration renews the commitment of our Assembly towards Treaty Implementation and our position against extinguishment; we will never cede nor extinguish our Aboriginal Rights nor Title to Gespe’gewa’gi.”

MMS STAFF: Troy Jerome ~ Terri Lynn Morrison Chastity Mitchell ~ Tanya Barnaby

A FEW CLAIM FACTS: ✦The

Mi’gmawei Mawiomi is working to advance a ‘Comprehensive Claim’ with Canada and Quebec over Gespe’gewa’gi. Mi’gmaq remain committed to protect, promote and implement rights and title throughout Gespe’gewa’gi, Mi’gma’gi.

Juliette Barnaby ~ Tara Barnaby

As a n o r ga n i z a t i o n , w e a r e committed to keeping a" community members informed and up-to-date about our work. The doors at the Secretariat are always open – if you have questions, comments or ideas, we encourage you to stop in and speak with our staff members.

Nicole Jeannotte ~ Adam Kennedy

Mi’gmawei Mawiomi Secretariat

Crissy Metallic ~ Jill Metallic

✦The

2 Riverside West Listuguj, QC G0C 2R0

Crissy Burnsed - Starr Gray

Richard Jeannotte ~ Jenn Jerome Laura Johnson ~ Andrew Lavigne Philippe LeBlanc ~ Lucie Mercier

Leslie Mitchell ~ Lisa Saumur Myrna Sook ~ Yvan Gagnon


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