School board appoints first Mi’kmaq rep

The Halifax Regional School Board made education history yesterday by appointing its first Mi’kmaq representative.

The Halifax Regional School Board made education history yesterday by appointing its first Mi’kmaq representative.

Kirk Arsenault, a well-known business owner and advocate for the Mi’kmaq, is the first to be appointed after amendments made to the Education Act in 2009 called for Mi’kmaq representation on all school boards.

“This role provides me with an opportunity to act as a voice for the Mi’kmaq community in HRM, especially our students and their families,” said Arsenault in a release.

Arsenault will be sworn on to the Board by Daniel Paul, who has been awarded the orders of Canada and Nova Scotia and is well known in the Mi’kmaq community for his contributions to the province, a release said.

 
 
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