Mi’kmaq hereditary chief calls on Indigenous leaders to press Ottawa on Syrian refugees

Stephen Augustine says Mi’kmaq welcomed immigrants, so they should return favour

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A Mi’kmaq hereditary chief wants Indigenous leaders to act on the Syrian refugee crisis.

Stephen Augustine says the Mi’kmaq have always welcomed immigrants from the early days of colonization and he says sovereign First Nations should demand the Canadian government do the same.

APTN’s Trina Roache has this story.

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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.

2 thoughts on “Mi’kmaq hereditary chief calls on Indigenous leaders to press Ottawa on Syrian refugees

  1. Hurrah! Well done Stephen Augustine. I stand with you. It is huge that you advocate for immigrants, considering what the Mi’kmaq suffered from some of them in the past.

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