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Msit No'kmaq. This is the offical website of the Gespe'gewa'gi Mi'gmaq District Council. The seventh and largest district in the traditional territiory of Mi'gma'gi.
First Nations were self-governing long before Europeans arrived in North America. In 1876, The Indian Act in Canada came into effect, dismantling traditional governance systems and imposing regulations on aboriginal peoples' lives. Today, the United Nations recognizes that aboriginal people have an inherent, constitutionally-protected right to self government—a right to manage their own affairs. This includes the United States and Canada.
First Nations have long demanded the right to govern themselves according to their own traditions—to be free of the Indian Act. The Gespe'gewa’gi District Council and the government of Canada recognizes that the Indian Act system needs to change. It is our position that through self-government by the use of traditional governing structures that First Nations can again become self-determining and self-sufficient.
James Anaya, special UN rapporteur on Indigenous peoples, arrives and begins inquiry in Canada
The extraordinary and much-anticipated arrival and visit to Canada of James Anaya began Monday, October 7, 2013. He is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The visit comes at an explosive time in Canada as pressure mounts by First Nations peoples against tar sands and other fossil fuel projects in western and central Canada and as demands grow for a national, public inquiry into the cases of more than 600 missing or murdered women. Read more.
Ula geginua’tegeg ta’n telpuguigsipeg aq ta’n telsutmi’tisneg Mi’gma’gi. Gigmanaq teluejig na l’uigneg el-tepgis-wegasil maqmigal, tujiw gljjiewe’l na saqmaq, tujiw ap miwe’k tepgnuset aq na’ guset migwimulgwig Gisu’lkwal.
This symbol informs us of the government and leadership in Mi’gma’gi. Our people say that the seven hills represent the seven districts; the seven crosses are the seven district chiefs, while the moon and the sun in the center are there to remind us of the Creator.