First Nations icons in N.S. to be honoured during a Treaty Day event

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SYDNEY, N.S. - Two of Nova Scotia's best-known crusaders for native rights will be honoured at a ceremony later this week in Sydney.
The late Donald Marshall Sr., who served as grand chief of the Mi'kmaq for 27 years, and his son, Donald Marshall Jr., who died Aug. 6, will be recognized at the gathering at the local YMCA.
Kateri Stevens of the Native Council of Nova Scotia says it will be the first time the two men will be honoured during Treaty Day, which is Thursday.
In 1986, Marshall Sr., then grand chief, proclaimed every Oct. 1 as Treaty Day to draw attention to the role of treaties in the relationship between the Mi'kmaq and the Crown.
Thirteen years later, Marshall Jr. successfully fought for recognition of Mi'kmaq treaty fishing and hunting rights.
Marshall Jr. first rose to national prominence when he was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1971, spending 11 years in prison before he was released at age 28.

Organizations: First Nations, YMCA, Native Council of Nova Scotia

Geographic location: N.S., SYDNEY, Nova Scotia

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