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Mi’kmaq Confederacy applauds court decision that recognized man’s Indigenous heritage – CBC

by ahnationtalk on February 21, 2019218 Views

‘It really puts the courts [on] notice, saying that they need to consider the history of an Indigenous person’

Feb 21, 2019

The Mi’kmaq Confederacy of P.E.I. is applauding a recent appeal decision that lessened the sentence of a young Indigenous man who was convicted for drug trafficking.

The Prince Edward Island Court of Appeal found that a judge mistakenly failed to consider the Cree background of Nicholas George Nash McInnis, who had been taken from his Manitoba parents as an infant and raised by a non-Aboriginal family on Prince Edward Island.

A provincial court judge rejected a joint Crown-defence submission that would have seen the 20-year-old man avoid jail time for possession of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking, after he was found with 15 grams of cannabis at Charlottetown Rural High School.

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