Our group would like to acknowledge that this land is in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People.
This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) Peoples first signed with the British Crown in 1725. The treaties did not deal with the surrender of lands and resources but in fact, recognized Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations.
Mi’kma’ki includes all of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, part of New Brunswick, the Gaspé region of Quebec, part of Maine, and southwestern Newfoundland.
Our legacy is that Non-Indigenous and Indigenous people alike are signatories of those treaties — and that makes all of us, living here in Mi’kma’ki – Treaty People.
Map by artist Michael J. Martin and used with the permission of the Native Council of Nova Scotia.