The Chiefs of Mi’gmawe’l Tplu’taqnn Inc. (MTI) congratulate Chief Aaron Sock and the community of Elsipogtog on signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and beginning the process of obtaining a mandate to negotiate matters within federal jurisdiction.
“The MOU signed today has the goal to move forward to find shared and balanced solutions for Elsipogtog and the Government of Canada. We recognize this is an important step for Chief Sock and his community,” said Chief Rebecca Knockwood, Co-Chair of MTI.
MTI, on behalf of its eight other members, has been and will continue their existing negotiations with the Government of Canada and the Government of New Brunswick under a signed Framework Agreement. These discussions include self-determination, recognition of Mi’gmaq title, and implementation of Mi’gmaq Aboriginal and Treaty Rights throughout New Brunswick.
“MTI is making good progress in negotiations towards Rights Implementation Agreements. These Agreements will be brought back to our communities for deliberation and ratification,” said Chief George Ginnish, Co-Chair of MTI.
MTI will also continue to collaborate with the Mi’gmaq negotiation tables in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Quebec.
Mi’gmawe’l Tplu’taqnn Incorporated (MTI) is a not for profit organization whose members are the nine Mi’gmaq communities in New Brunswick. Its objectives include promoting and supporting the recognition, affirmation, exercise, and implementation of the Aboriginal and Treaty rights; the right of self-determination; political, cultural, economic, educational and social development; justice and equity; wider respect and understanding; and general awareness of its member communities and their Mi’gmag laws, rights, values, traditions, customs and practices. It represents eight of its member communities in negotiations under the Mi’gmaq/Canada/New Brunswick Framework Agreement.