Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

October 01, 2010 12:30 ET

Minister Duncan Participates in Mi'kmaq Treaty Day Celebrations in Nova Scotia

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 1, 2010) - The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians joined hundreds of participants in the celebration of Treaty Day in Halifax, Nova Scotia on October 1, 2010.

"Mi'kmaq Treaty Day in Nova Scotia recognizes the signing of the Peace and Friendship Treaties of the 1700s, and is the basis of the ongoing partnerships between the Mi'kmaq and the Crown," said Minister Duncan. "Our Government is proud to be part of this celebration which provides an opportunity to recognize the important contribution made by the Mi'kmaq to the province's history, culture and economy."

Treaty Day ceremonies in Nova Scotia began in 1986 with the signing of a proclamation by then-Grand Chief Donald Marshall Sr. The day also marks the beginning of Mi'kmaq History Month in Nova Scotia.

"Treaties are an integral part of Nova Scotian history and help define Canada's ongoing relationship with First Nations," said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Central Nova. "Treaty Day continues to be a unique way to recognize the important role of Mi'kmaq in Nova Scotia."

Treaties are solemn agreements that set out promises, obligations and benefits for both parties. The continuing treaty relationship provides a context of mutual rights and responsibilities that will ensure Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people can together enjoy a good life in Canada.

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Contact Information

  • Minister's Office
    Michele-Jamali Paquette
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Honourable John Duncan
    Media Relations
    Indian and Northern Affairs Canada