Premier Rodney MacDonald announced the next phase in the development of the Debert Air Industrial Park yesterday, along with measures to preserve the cultural heritage of the Mi’kmaq in the region.
Chief Lawrence Paul from the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq Chiefs, Mayor Mike Smith from the Municipality of the County of Colchester, Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, and Karen Casey, Minister of Education, attended the announcement at the entrance to the Mi'kmawey Debert Interpretive Trail in the Debert Air Industrial Park.
Debert has the oldest dated Palaeo-Indian archaeological site in Canada. It has been recognized as a national historic site and a special place under provincial legislation.
On March 31, the province transferred about 2,000 acres, placing the future of the Debert Air Industrial Park into the hands of the Municipality of the County of Colchester.
Land has also been set aside to enable the Mi’kmaq to proceed with plans for a Mi’kmaq cultural centre.