Canada and Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation settle Highway Right-of-Way Specific Claim

Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation, Nova Scotia – Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Today, Chief Tma Francis and the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, announced that Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation and the Government of Canada have reached an agreement to settle Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation’s Highway Right of Way Specific Claim.

This longstanding historical grievance involves a right of way granted to the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation for over 19 acres of Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation reserve land for the construction of the Trans-Canada Highway in the 1960s. The right of way was granted without consulting the Nation and severely diminished access to their remaining reserve lands.

Through dialogue and negotiation, Canada and Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation reached a settlement of $1,280,951 in compensation. The Government of Canada is committed to renewing relationships and rebuilding trust with Indigenous Peoples by addressing historical wrongs, like the Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation’s Highway Right-of-Way Specific Claim.

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