Eight Maliseet communities celebrate Treaty Day for first time in history

Maliseet mark 290th anniversary of historical treaty ratification

Trina Roache
APTN National News

It was a historical weekend for the Maliseet in New Brunswick.

For the first time since the document was ratified, eight communities celebrated Treaty Day, marking the 290th anniversary of the Treaty of 1725.

The Treaty of 1725 is the first of what are now known as the Peace and Friendship Treaties with the Crown in the Maritime Provinces. To some, the treaty does more than just protect fishing and hunting rights.

For the chiefs, the focus of the celebration was not only about honouring the past; but also about moving forward as a sovereign, unified nation.

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Trina Roache brings 18 years of journalistic experience to APTN Investigates. A member of the Glooscap First Nation in unceded Mi’kmaw territory, Trina has covered Indigenous issues from politics to land protection, treaty rights and more. In 2014, Trina won the Journalists for Human Rights/CAJ award for her series on Jordan’s Principle. She was nominated again in 2017 for a series on healthcare issues in the remote Labrador community of Black Tickle. Trina’s favorite placed is behind the camera, and is honoured when the people living the story, trust her to tell it.