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Mikinaks call themselves Quebec's newest aboriginal community, others are calling them a fraud


BEAUHARNOIS, Que. — The suburban bungalow southwest of Montreal has a kiddie pool out back and a three-wheel Slingshot motorcycle in the carport. From the outside, it does not look like a nerve centre of aboriginal activism.

But inside, Lise Brisebois takes a break from her duties running a home daycare — it’s nap time — to don her feathered headband and discuss the battle she is leading as chief of what is touted as Quebec’s newest aboriginal community.

“I just want to be respected,” Brisebois said. “I’m not a savage. I’m an Indian.”


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