Abegweit First Nation


January 15, 2019

Mi'kmaq - PEI - Canada Framework Agreement

Community Memo

From: The Abegweit and Lennox Island Chief and Councils

January 15, 2019

There will be a signing ceremony today at 2:00 pm at Founders Hall. The document being signed is the Mi'kmaq - PEI - Canada Framework Agreement. The Mi'kmaq Leadership has been actively pursuing a rights-based Framework Agreement for well over a decade to address the outstanding issues of Mi'kmaq rights and title in PEI. The Framework Agreement affirms the existing historic Mi'kmaq Treaties and commits both the Federal and Provincial Governments to respectful and cooperative negotiations with the Mi'kmaq.

While the signing of the Framework Agreement is the culmination of many years of hard work, it is really just the beginning of a process to determine how all PEI Mi'kmaq, on and off reserve, will benefit from their rights today and into the future. 

Tomorrow is an important day for the PEI Mi’kmaq and a very important step forward on the path to self-determination. Everyone is welcome to attend the ceremony.  Please stay tuned for more information this afternoon.  We have a great deal of work to do together as the Mi’kmaq of Epekwitk but this is the start of the government-to-government-to-government process we have been seeking for many years.

Yours in spirit,

Chief and Councils