11/08/2013 02:50 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 10:53 EST

Miawpukek First Nation in Newfoundland takes step towards self-government

CONNE RIVER, N.L., - A Newfoundland First Nation has signed an agreement-in-principle with Ottawa and the provincial government aimed at creating self-government for the band.

The Miawpukek (ME-ah-poo-kek) First Nation in Conne River, N.L., says the agreement marks the beginning of negotiations towards a deal to give it greater control over programs and services on the reserve.

The Mi'kmaq reserve on Newfoundland's south coast says it is seeking jurisdiction over language education, family services, health, land management and resource management.

The negotiations towards self-government began in 2004 between the Miawpukek First Nation and the federal and provincial governments.