I am going to be writing about some new Mi’kmaq issues that I have researched in a few articles; starting with Mi’kmaq fast continues.
This article is describing the hunger strike in Millbrook that as far as I know went as far as 2 weeks with only water. They are protesting what they call “a lack of consultation between Mi’kmaq chiefs and their people”.The protesters do not want the treaties to change and they don’t want Kwilmu’kw- Maw-klusuaqn to represent their tribe.
Assessing the article:
The author treats the people as they should; interviews. He puts all of the facts and quotes and tells the side he is reporting with out being biased about it. The tone of the article is mellow, calm, understanding, and informational. The writer respects these people as he has only called them by their names, chiefs, first nations or simply Mi’kmaqs. He does not label or try to hard to fit in with the story.
Gorman, M. (2013, March 8) Mi’kmaq fast continues. Mi’kmaq Rights Initiative. Retrieved from http://mikmaqrights.com/mikmaq-fast-continues/
Next is In Newfoundland, too many want recognition as Mi’kmaq Indians, federal government says. The title represents the story well and tells you that the article is concerning the rapid amounts of people applying to be considered Mi’kmaq. They believe it’s might be for the government benefits but are not sure and with 100,000 applicants, the government was thinking about changing the rules.
The writer treats the people as how they feel; concerned. She gives good history to the tribe before explaining the further issue. She does not jump to assumptions or stereotypes like others might when it comes to government issues. The author only calls them by Mi’kmaqs and not really anything more but she does sort try to identify with them and how this is being treated unfairly. The story does have a picture of the Chief and it’s just a regular picture to show concern and surprise at the large numbers.
Contenta, S. (2013, May 5) In Newfoundland, too many want recognition as Mi’kmaq Indians, federal government says. The Star. Retrieved from https://www.thestar.com/news/insight/2013/05/05/in_newfoundland_too_many_want_recognition_as_mikmaq_indians_federal_government_says.html
My last article is Mi’kmaq in N.B. want pipeline concerns addressed before granting consent to Energy East and it tells the concerns about the new pipeline construction, potential oil spills and increased tanker traffic. The refuse to consent to the pipeline unless their concerns can be meaningfully addressed.
This author used a lot of quotes from the people and explained their concerns. His tone is sympathetic and slightly interested in the subject they are facing. He either identified them using the word Mi’kmaqs, First Nations, or aboriginal people. He understand and showed his own concern for the issue so I believe he did try to identify with them as well.
No Author Given. (2016, August 10). Mi’kmaq in N.B. want pipeline concerns addressed before granting consent to Energy East. The Canadian Press. Retreived from http://calgaryherald.com/business/energy/mikmaq-in-n-b-want-pipeline-concerns-addressed-before-granting-consent-to-energy-east