The 1998 Mi'kmaq blockade

The 1998 Mi'kmaq blockade

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  • The 1998 Mi'kmaq blockade
  • By Selin K.
  •  The Mi'kmaq of Point-a-la-Croix, Quebec, were not allowed to cut down lumber on Crown land and sell it.  Angry, they began to protest on highway 132, starting July 28th of 1998.
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  • This highway, however, ran through their reserve and led to GDS sawmill.
  • The Mi'kmaq protested for 11 days before being warned by Quebec Native Affairs Minister Guy Chevrette to end the protest by noon. But instead of ending the protest, the Mi'kmaq set up a road blockade.
  • This lasted about a week and a half and caused the mill to be shut down, putting at least a 100 people out of work
  • Angry and frustrated, the townspeople of Point-a-la-Croix, including sawmill workers began protesting against the Mi'kmaq blockade.
  • The barricades came down on August 17th 1998, after the Quebec government came to an agreement with the Mi'kmaq people that they would have cutting rights to 30,000 cubic metres of timber, supplying 110 jobs
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