Mi’gmawe’l Tplu’taqqn Video Project 2018

An Introduction to Some Issues Related to the Crown’s Duty to Consult and Accommodate the Mi’gmaq

Mi’gmawe’l Tplu’taqqn Elders, staff, and lawyers providing advice to the organization appear in four short videos. The videos are a brief introduction to some important legal and constitutional subjects. They are part of the organization’s rights-based outreach program. Mi’gmawe’l Tplu’taqqn is working to inform and educate people about Mi’gmaq rights, the relationship between the Mi’gmaq and the Crown and the organization’s commitment to Reconciliation.

In the videos:

  • Elders recount what it was like when they were young, especially in their dealings with the Crown and how consultation took place then. Elders also speak of what they see today in terms of consultation with the Crown, whether things have changed and their vision for the future.

  • Mi’gmawe’l Tplu’taqqn staff talk about their experience dealing federal and provincial departments and agencies and dealing with industry. More specifically they discuss both positive and negative examples of the Mi’gmaq relationship with the Crown focusing on consultation and accommodation, the importance of undertaking Indigenous Knowledge Studies, and the Covenant Chain of Treaties as a tool to govern consultation.

  • Three Mi’gmaq lawyers talk about the background to the Treaties, the Duty to Consult and Accommodate the Mi’gmaq, the Crown’s Duty to Justify its actions when a Crown decision or action impacts a Mi’gmaq right, the Constitution of Canada, Canadian and international law, Reconciliation and Indigenous Knowledge Studies.

Mi’gmawe’l Tplu’taqqn hopes you find these videos interesting and informative.