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Kent County chapter activist Ann Pohl honoured with an Eagle Feather presented by Sipekne’katik Elder

Chapter activist Ann Pohl receives an Eagle Feather from Sipekne’katik Elder Dorene Bernard.

Council of Canadians Kent County chapter activist Ann Pohl was presented with an Eeagle Feather at the Peace and Friendship Alliance-Nova Scotia meeting this past weekend. An Eagle Feather is a symbol of respect, humbleness, truth, love, natural power, strength, courage, and wisdom. It is considered a great honour to be presented with one.

Council of Canadians organizer Angela Giles writes, “Dorene Bernard of Sipekne’katik chose to honour Ann for her work supporting Mi’kmaq people since she moved to the territory 13 years ago, including in the fight to oppose fracking and making a legal claim for Aboriginal title in Elsipogtog, supporting residential school memorials and supporting water walks throughout Mi’kma’ki.”

In 2013, Pohl was a key ally in the fight against Texas-based SWN Resources conducting seismic testing with plans to frack in Elsipogtog First Nation territory. Many will remember when the RCMP assaulted Indigenous water protectors in October 2013. By December 2014, the New Brunswick government legislated a moratorium on fracking and by May 2016 that moratorium had been indefinitely extended.

In September 2016, Pohl joined the Walk for the Water in Sikniktuk Mi’kma’ki. Mi’kmaq Territory – referred to as Mi’kma’ki – consists of various districts, including Sikniktuk. Elsipogtog First Nation is located within the district of Sikniktuk. The walk was hosted by Kopit Lodge at Elsipogtog and supported by the Kent County chapter.

In November 2016, Pohl also supported Elsipogtog First Nation when it filed a major land claim and asserted the title held by Mi’kmaq People to unceded territory in southeastern New Brunswick. Pohl stated “Elsipogtog is not asking for title to be granted, it is asserting that as Mi’kmaq People in Mi’kma’ki, they have title, which they do. So it will be up to the province and feds to prove them wrong in that assertion. Indigenous Title cannot be granted by the Crown, as it was never surrendered.”

The presentation of the Eagle Feather took place in Sipekne’katik, which is located about 265 kilometres south of Rexton.