Editor: I attended the Symons Lecture symposium Thursday afternoon at the Confederation Centre. The guest speaker was former Prime Minister Right Honorable Paul Martin, who talked about the aboriginal people and the sad fact that they were not invited to the Conference on Confederation 150 years ago.
His speech was fantastic, as he understands the problems that our people are up against because the federal government, although we have won several court battles that affirmed the validity of our treaties, still won’t implement our aboriginal and treaty rights.
After his speech I presented him with an eagle feather on behalf of the Mi’kmaq Grand Council, the Native Council and the Mi’kmaq People. This is one of the highest honors that a Mi’kmaq person can give to another person.
I also told him that real self-government must involve the Mi’kmaq Grand Council, which is the traditional government, and that the Mi’kmaq people must come together and decide on what they want as self-government, because the answers are within us.
Dr. John Joe Sark LLD,
Keptin of the Mi’kmaq Grand Council for the District of Epekwitk (P.E.I.)