CORNER BROOK — The Mi’kmaq First Nations Assembly of Newfoundland will be consulting with its membership and legal counsel over the coming days in regards to future legal action as the group continues to fight for the fair treatment of applicants and members of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band.
The assembly, formerly the Qalipu Watchdogs, was formed in response to a decision by the band and the federal government not to assess some 70,000 applications to the band using the original terms of reference for the process. The majority of those unprocessed applications were received prior to a November 2012 deadline to apply.
The federal government and the band signed a supplemental agreement in July under which all applications, pending and those already approved, will be considered using a different criteria.
Following that announcement the Mi’kmaq First Nation Assembly retained the law firm Gowling to conduct a legal review of the supplemental agreement. The group met with its legal counsel in Corner Brook last Friday to discuss that review. Gowling is one of the largest law firms in Canada and has experience in all aspects of aboriginal law.