Mi’kmaw Nova Scotia MP says updated electoral map kicks him out of own riding – CBC

by ahnationtalk on February 1, 202365 Views

Feb 01, 2023

Critics say redrawing of boundaries discounted people of colour and the province’s history

A Mi’kmaw member of Parliament said Tuesday that proposed changes to the boundaries of federal ridings in Nova Scotia would remove two Indigenous communities from the area he represents, including his home of Eskasoni First Nation.

The proposed change for Sydney-Victoria was done without the consultation of its Indigenous constituents, said Jaime Battiste, who lives on the reserve. He said that does nothing to help foster inclusion in politics.

“We’re seeing that these boundaries are currently working to give Mi’kmaw people voices where they never had them before, for the first time in our history,” Battiste said in an interview, referring to the existing electoral map.

“And the fact that they’re changing things around, to me, it’s very much looking at trying to reconstruct that glass ceiling that I broke when I was elected.”

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