'A great day for our culture and our nation': Mi'kmaq Treaty Day in pictures

On Thursday Morning, as Mi'kmaw harvesters set off for lobster traps from Saulnierville, they initiated Mi'kmaq Treaty Day celebration.

This is a series of photographs gathered at the dock in the south-west of Nova Scotia that day. Citizens came to celebrate the Peace & Goodwill Treaty of the 1725–79 area from all over the territory known as Mi'kma'ki.

It is also the day of the Treaty to improve general understanding of the negotiations between the Mi'kmaq and the Crown.

It signals the launch of the Mi'kmaq month of history in New Scotia.

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Although Sipekne'katik First Nation has initiated its fisheries management strategy to permit community members to make a moderate living from fishing, conflicts between non-Indigenous and Indigenous fishermen in St. Mary's Bay region of Nova Scotia have been rising for many weeks.

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A group of Mi'kmaw Harvesters picked up their ships and set out to demand the freedom to fish lobster from a Convention, reaffirmed in their judgment of the Supreme Court of Canada on 17 Sept. 1999 after the arrest of Mi'kmaw Fisherman Donald Marshall Jr. for selling Eels, on Thursday morning.

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"Today is a wonderful day for our entire world, and our people," said Sipekne'katik Première Nation's Leader Mike Sack at the celebration.

"We have many citizens here, girls, adults, elders, all here to assert the right of the Treaty."

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Sack has talked about how the two partners should work ahead with a fisheries management strategy, and he will be consulting with the Departments with Monday.

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"Our purpose is to render the nation-to - nation [relationship] and to ensure that the province government understands and supports our right," said Sack, "and that we are seen at last minute's moment, not playing with us."

On Thursday, Potlotek First Nation initiated a small subsistence fishery and other groups shared interest in this.

Similar management strategies were initiated last year for their fisheries by the Listuguj First Nation in Quebec and the Natoageneg First Nation in New Brunswick.

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Supporters of micmav harvesters from New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Listuguj and Cape Breton came to the Saulnierville wharf from all over the Atlantic Bubble.

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In Saulnierville, Malcolm Ward has come to provide traps and gear donated in Esgenoôpetitj First Nations by fishermen from Metepenagiag First Nation in New Brunswick to help mitigate losses as some non-Indigenous fishermen have sliced their bodies into pit traps over recent weeks.

Sack says that access to machinery and resources in the local areas was inaccessible to Mi'kmaw fishers.

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Ward said to him that it was necessary for him to help and demonstrate his support on the voyage to Saulnierville.

"It tells us that everyone is willing to help all the other groups who are trying to survive on a humble basis, not only a particular group, but all of them," Ward said.

It is powerful to see all of us coming together like this." "This is a really critical topic.

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On the Saulnierville wharf, just days before the Treaty Day, a powwow was held.

In order to demonstrate loyalty to the centuries-long links between indigenous and settler groups, which have been adverse to moderate subsistence fisheries in recent weeks, the acadian flag was flying along with the Mi'kmak Grande Council flag in the context of a big entrance of the mawiomi or assembly.

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"Our partners have become the Acadians," said Sack.

"Today, we have nothing against them, we have honored them and expect that we can value each other."

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During Treaty Day festivities, the Maritime Fishermen's Union representatives offered to the Mi'kmaw Elder a basket containing sweet hay, tobacco and sage.

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While the Saulnierville Wharf dispute was continuing in September, citizens had to note the Mi'kmaq Treaty Day was a day to honor freedom during the day.

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