Kenneth Francis knew about the smoke billowing from the Rexton blockade in eastern New Brunswick, the RCMP cars set ablaze, elders pepper-sprayed and protesters hauled away in handcuffs.
When Francis learned the police had slapped restraints on Elsipogtog Chief Arren Sock, he knew something else: the next big fight for the Mi’kmaq would not be at the roadside.
Francis and the Elsipogtog First Nation would have to go to court.
The legal assertion of Aboriginal title — title the Mi’kmaq First Nation believes it never relinquished — began taking shape that day.
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