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N.S. restores 2 newly protected areas to Mi'kmaw names

Reference: CBC News

The Nova Scotia government is making good on a promise to protect 10 more pieces of land, but the status of a proposed wilderness area that would affect a potential gold mine remains in question.

The protected sites announced Wednesday include two that are historically significant to the Mi'kmaq. The McGowan Lake Wilderness Area is being renamed Katewe'katik, while the Pleasant River Wilderness Area will now be known as Pu'tlaqne'katik.

The other sites now being designated are:

  • Shingle Lake Wilderness Area.
  • Ship Harbour Long Lake Wilderness Area (expansion).
  • Silver River Wilderness Area (expansion).
  • Terence Bay Wilderness Area (expansion).
  • Peppered Moon Nature Reserve.
  • St. Margarets Bay Islands Nature Reserve.
  • Barra Forest Provincial Park.
  • St. Mary's River Provincial Park.
Melissa Labrador, a Mi'kmaw woman whose family has generational ties to Katewe'katik, said protection of it is particularly meaningful, as is the restoration of traditional Mi'kmaw names... Read More