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Eagle feather causes stir (Melissa Labrador barred from House of Commons).

It was apologies all `round as the federal government tried to make peace with a teenaged Mi'kmaq girl from Caledonia, N.S. Melissa Labrador was told by a security guard that she could not bring her eagle feather into the House of Commons because it posed a threat to the Members of Parliament seated below the public gallery. Labrador brought the eagle feather with her to Parliament Hill to comfort her on her long journey away from her Nova Scotia home. Labrador told the Canadian Press she accepted the apologies from both the Speaker of the House and Indian Affairs Minister Ron Irwin, but she said the issue should not end there. "It's not about apologies, it's about being recognized as who we are and not put in that position. I still want people to know what happened and to make sure it won't happen again."
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Date:Apr 1, 1997
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