N.S. premier pledges during treaty day to strengthen ties with Mikmaq

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HALIFAX - Government will continue to work with Mi'kmaq leadership to build a stronger relationship, Premier Rodney MacDonald said during Treaty Day ceremonies Wednesday
MacDonald said the province and the province's 13 chiefs agreed last week during a joint meeting in the Eskasoni First Nation to meet annually.
It was the first time the provincial cabinet had met with the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq Chiefs.
"Government understands that strengthening our province's aboriginal communities helps us build a stronger, better Nova Scotia," the premier said.
Earlier in the day, Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy signed a Mi'kmaq nationhood proclamation during a ceremony at Province House.
"The proclamation represents our commitment to develop a system of governance that empowers our people and unites our communities towards a common purpose - to enhance the quality of life and well-being of our people," said Chief Terrance Paul, co-chair of the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq Chiefs.
During the Treaty Day ceremony, the premier, Education Minister Karen Casey and Human Resources Minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson presented a number of awards to elders and youths.
Treaty Day ceremonies began in 1986. The day marks the beginning of Mi'kmaq history month in Nova Scotia.

Organizations: Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi, Province House

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, HALIFAX, Bolivar

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