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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 22, 2005

Atlantic Policy Congress and Eastlink Television to host a one-hour live call in show on Mi'kmaq Treaty Relations

The Atlantic Policy Congress' (APC) Aboriginal & Treaty Rights Education Initiative in conjunction with Eastlink Television will be hosting a live one-hour call in show on March 23, 2005 entitled, Mi'kmaq Treaty Relations.

The purpose of the show is to explore the treaty making history and discuss the Treaty Relationship of the Mi'kmaq people. "It is important for the Canadian society to understand that the British Crown made promises to the Mi'kmaq that their rights to the land and resources would be upheld forever," said Stephen Augustine, Curator of Ethnology Services Division at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Augustine will be one of the guests during the show.

The show will be hosted by APC Senior Policy Analyst Cheryl Knockwood, along with a panel of speakers discussing the Treaty making period to the present day. Cheryl states that "raising awareness is key in creating better understanding in the Treaty Relationship." Interviews during the show will include Professor Bill Wicken, York University, Patricia Doyle-Bedwell, Professor Dalhousie University and Ron Gaffney, Legal Council for MAWIW and to round out the group, also joining the discussion will be Doug Brown, Union of Nova Scotia Indians, Associate Legal Council. Questions will be limited to the subject of Mi'kmaq Treaty Relations.

Eastlink Television will broadcast Mi'kmaq Treaty Relations in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island at 8 p.m. on March 23, 2005.

About the Atlantic Policy Congress:

The Atlantic Policy Congress (APC) of First Nation Chiefs Secretariat is a policy research organization that analyzes and develops culturally relevant alternatives to Federal policies that impact on the Mi'kmaq, Maliseet and Passamaquoddy First Nation communities and peoples.

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