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STATEMENT OF UNDERSTANDING AND MUTUEL RESPECT

Gesgapegiag and Québec recognizing the importance of cooperative endeavours wish to develop a constructive relationship on the basis of their respective principles and concepts. They therefore agree to the following declaration of reciprocal political commitment.

Gesgapegiag and Québec, as represented by the undersigned, favor the route of discussion and negotiation for concluding and signing agreements that will be negotiated in various fields of jurisdiction.

With a strong sense of their respective culture, language, custom, laws and traditions, Gesgapegiag and Québec agree to negotiate with mutual respect for their national identities and each other's history and territorial occupation.

Gesgapegiag and Québec further agree to participate as partners in some of Gesgapegiag economic and cultural development ventures.

To accelerate the negotiation process and bring it to a rapid conclusion, Gesgapegiag and Québec each have already appointed a special negotiator with a view to the rapid conclusion of a framework agreement and specific agreements in the various fields of mutual interest. Nothing in this declaration prevents Gesgapegiag from continuing to exercise its prerogatives to conclude agreements with any other government, in the application of its jurisdiction through its legal institutions, and in accordance with its priorities.

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John Martin
Chief, Micmacs of Gesgapegiag
Band Council
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Guy Chevrette
Minister for Native Affairs


Signed on the 11th day of February 1999

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