STEPHENVILLE — Scott Garnier said he will be fighting for basic Mi’kmaq rights as outlined by the United Nations Declaration on the rights of indigenous people if he is elected chief of Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band.
He has stated his intention to run for the chief of the Qalipu band in the Oct. 23 election.
Garnier said the rights he would looking for include traditional land usage and the right to self-determination and culture.
“In particular the Mi’kmaq language should be offered in each district and not only in the school system, but also at an adult level,” he said.
Garnier is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland with a bachelor of arts in religious study and philosophy.
Since 1995 he has been involved with the aboriginal movement in regards to genealogy research and in 1999 worked on the land claims project with the Federation of Newfoundland Indians. More recently, Garnier worked with the federation processing applications for the Qalipu registration.