The federal government has pulled a U-turn
This article provides a good overview of the situation in which we many non-status Newfoundland Mi'kmaq find ourselves!
"A recent headline in the Toronto Star perhaps said it best: "In Newfoundland, too many want recognition as Mi'kmaq Indians, federal government says". The situation is one we in Newfoundland and Labrador are probably already much more familiar with than the national press, which is newly a-Twitter over it. Or perhaps not."