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The Gespe’gewa’gi Management Plan (GMP) is a Land Use Plan. It is a tool, that will assist in evaluating and guiding the way the development takes place in Gespe’gewa’gi.

The Gespe’gewa’gi Management Plan focuses on the wellbeing of our land, resources and water; and also, encourages our people to use and occupy Gespe’gewa’gi, as it is a Mi’gmaq Right.

The GMP establishes areas where Mi’gmaq usage is prioritized in the territory by using our citizens’ information on where they hunt, gather, trap, or harvest resources and mapping it out.

It is not meant to stop development on the territory, rather it’s to ensure the priorities of the Mi’gmaq are reflected in the development, use and protection of the territory.

The GMP will develop our governance over our territory and strengthen the Mi’gmaq nation.

Gespe’gewa’gi has been our home since time immemorial and the Gespe’gewa’gi Management plan aids in protecting the natural resources so that they will be sustained for future generations to come.

 

 

Objectives

 

–  Use it to help arrange the territory into management areas, to determine what activities can and cannot take place in Gespe’gewa’gi, as our interim Land Management Policy.

–  Identify and protect areas of spiritual, cultural and ecological use of our people.

 

Currently, the development of our territory is pre-determined by Quebec and Canada, however the governments have a legal duty to consult, and where necessary, accommodate the Mi’gmaq for any development that takes place in Gespe’gewa’gi.  Currently, there exists a Consultation and Accommodation process between the Mi’gmaq and the Crown.  The information contained within the GMP will be vital in preparing our responses to any proposed development throughout Gespe’gewa’gi.