PRESS RELEASE: Abandonment of Québec’s Old Harry exploration permits

The Coalition of Mi’gmaq, Innu and Wolastoqiyik is happy to learn that the company holding oil exploration permits in the Gulf of St. Lawrence has asked the Québec Government to cancel the permits.

READ THE PRESS RELEASE IN ENGLISH HERE:     Press Release on Old Harry

THE FRENCH PRESS RELEASE CAN BE DOWNLOADED HERE:  POUR DIFFUSION IMMÉDIATE


On March 17th, the MMS Offices were closed as our communities faced the threat of a new epidemic. Since then, our main concern has been the health and safety of our staff and those we closely work with. We’ve seen the impact it has had all around us, all while we adjust to stay healthy and productive.

While our physical office may be closed, we maintain to work from home while continuing to have Zoom meetings with our Negotiating team and keeping our focus on our future within our traditional Gespe’gewa’gi territory. Our team is still working towards the Vision and Mission of the organization, along with the spirit and intent of the Political Accord that was signed 20 years ago.

For now, our offices continue to be closed and we assess the situation on a weekly basis, and in the event of when we do go back, we will be placing a strong emphasis in the early stages, on physical distancing and on the importance of dealing with continued discussions on Title, Rights and Consultation & Accommodation, among many other topics that we’ve been mandated to work on.

We encourage you to stay strong, stay safe and stay connected with one another.   Also, if you have any pictures that you’d like to share for our Social Media platforms on how you’re staying positive and taking advantage of the beauty of Gespe’gewa’gi and our Mi’gmaq culture during this time, you can email them to [email protected] or send it by DM on Instagram/mms_gespegewagi or Facebook/Migmawei

Ginu Ulo’titesnu – We will be O.K.