Gabriel Sylliboy was born in Whycocomagh (d. 1963). He later became the first Mi’kmaq elected Grand Chief (1919) and was the first to fight for the recognition of the Mi’kmaq Treaty Rights of 1752 in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia when he was charged with illegal hunting in 1928. But the courts dismissed the notion that a 1752 treaty gave him any rights. Decades later, the Supreme Court of Canada affirmed the treaty rights of the Mi’kmaq people (see The Supreme Court of Canada, Sept. 17, 1999). On Feb. 16, 2017, the Nova Scotia government gave a posthumous apology and a Grant of Free Pardon to Gabriel Sylliboy with his relatives present at Province House. (Photo: Nova Scotia Museum)