The Made-in-Nova Scotia Process is the forum for the Mi’kmaq, Nova Scotia and Canada to resolve issues related to Mi’kmaq treaty rights, Aboriginal rights, including Aboriginal title, and Mi’kmaq governance. The participants are the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia as represented by the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs, the provincial government and the federal government.
The Process began with the signing of the Umbrella Agreement in June 2002, in which the Parties confirmed their intention to begin a negotiation process to address these issues. On February 23, 2007, the Parties signed the Mi’kmaq-Nova Scotia-Canada Framework Agreement, which outlines procedures that will guide the negotiations and the topics to be covered.
The Framework Agreement states that the objectives of the Process are “to create stable and respectful relationships and to reconcile the respective interests of the Parties through a Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia Accord that sets out the manner in which the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia will exercise constitutionally protected rights respecting land, resources and governance, to the extent the issues are dealt with in the Accord”.
The three Parties meet monthly at the “Main Table”. In addition, the Parties may establish working groups to examine certain issues in more detail and make recommendations back to the Main Table.