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It’s what my nephew needs:’ Mi’kmaq family hopes court backs Human Rights Tribunal in compensation case – CBC

by ahnationtalk on November 25, 2019153 Views

Hearings to take place over next 2 days in Federal Court

Nov 25, 2019

With Jeremy Meawasige’s mother gone and his 25th birthday around the corner, Virginia “Gia” Augustine knows she has to be there for her nephew more than ever before.

“Please tell me, ‘I love you,'” Augustine tells Meawasige while they sit on the couch together at their home in the Mi’kmaq community of Pictou Landing First Nation in Nova Scotia. “Say, ‘I. Love. You.'”

Meawasige needs around-the-clock care. He has cerebral palsy, autism, spinal curvature and hydrocephalus — a debilitating accumulation of spinal fluid in the brain.

One of the few things Augustine says that keeps Meawasige calm is going on a drive or “cruise,” as he likes to call it, and singing.

“Take him out for a cruise. Put on the music,” Augustine said. “Oh yes, he loves it. That’s his medicine.”

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