"We were here thousands of years and just within the last 500 years of the Europeans, pretty much our water is contaminated, the land is contaminated and it didn't take long for them to do it," said Levi.

As Canada celebrates its 150th year of Confederation, Mi'kmaq Warrior Chief John Levi says First Nations people are still struggling with poverty and he's made a call to action to remind the country of its shortcomings.

"Where we are right now, like the frustration with Canada, we are struggling," said Levi, from Elsipogtog First Nation. "The First Nations are struggling. We're pretty much living in Third World countries.

"It's kind of insulting to me and … I imagine all the First Nations also

"While we are struggling here and the government is spending millions of dollars on celebrating 150 years, think about the First Nations that are struggling and going without."

Levi said equal resource-sharing would go a long way in helping to solve his community's problems, a goal the community set out to achieve by filing a rights-and-title claim for more than one-third of the province in New Brunswick's Court of Queens Bench on Nov. 9, 2016.

"With all the resources here in New Brunswick, speaking for us in New Brunswick, we should have a share of the resources," he said. "We wouldn't have to rely on their money with all the resources in New Brunswick.

"We wouldn't have to rely on their money if they gave us the equal share."

Over the weekend, Levi put a call out for all First Nations to have a day of action on Canada Day.

He's calling on Indigenous people and their supporters and hopes a powwow will be a reminder that not everything about Canada's history is worth honouring.

Levi said the history of Canada being celebrated includes a history of rights violations and environmental degradation in First Nations territories, including his own.

The government of New Brunswick said it will be reaching out to First Nations to participate in the 150-year celebrations.

"Government is committed to building a positive and respectful relationship with First Nations and working collaboratively with the chiefs," said Valerie Kilfoil, a spokeswoman for the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture.

"Nation-to-nation reconciliation with Indigenous people is a key theme of Canada 150 celebrations and the province is reaching out to New Brunswick First Nation communities."

The federal Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs hadn't responded to a request for comment by late Tuesday afternoon.

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