Newly formed Mikinak community in Quebec claims Indigenous status with self-made cards

The cards guarantee privileges like tax exemptions and hunting, but the federal government says those rights are reserved for recognized status First Nations

Tom Fennario
APTN National News
A self-appointed non-status Indigenous community has sprung up in southwestern Quebec.

They’re even making their own status cards.

But their criteria for who’s Indigenous is not terribly strict, and questions are swirling about their claim to have the same rights as status First Nations.

 

Producer Nouvelles Nationales d'APTN / Montreal

Born and raised in Montreal, Tom cut his teeth working in community television in Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory before joining APTN as a cameraman/editor in 2008. In 2015 he was promoted to Video Journalist. Since 2019 Tom has been a producer for the French weekly newscast Nouvelles Nationales d’APTN.