A vote that could have a significant impact on the economic future of the Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation will be held next month. On July 13th, the community will be asked to approve the transfer of several parcels of land initially to the federal government and later to the province in exchange for compensation. The transferred land would be used for a highway interchange project, which includes roundabouts, an overpass and connector roads.
Paqtnkek Chief Paul Prosper says the interchange would allow the community to utilize property it owns to the south of the Trans-Canada Highway.
A community meeting was held this week and live streamed on the internet to outline the project and to answer questions; another is planned for July 10th. If the transfer is approved, construction could begin as early as September. It would take about 30 months to complete