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New Brunswick athletes to participate in North American Indigenous Games

A contingent of 85 athletes from New Brunswick will participate in the 2017 North American Indigenous Games, July 16-23, in Toronto. From left: Fredericton MP Matt DeCourcey; Lacey DeMerchant (athletics), Woodstock First Nation; Madison Wilson (athletics), St. Mary’s First Nation; Service New Brunswick Minister Ed Doherty, who is also the minister responsible for aboriginal affairs; Maddie Paul (volleyball), Woodstock First ...

Mi’kmaq flag raised

The Mi’kmaq flag was raised outside the legislature to mark National Aboriginal Day, June 21. From left: deputy premier Stephen Horsman; Service New Brunswick Minister Ed Doherty, who is also the minister responsible for aboriginal affairs; and Fredericton South MLA David Coon.

Memorandum of understanding respecting First Nations education

The provincial government has signed a memorandum of understanding with seven First Nation communities respecting First Nations education and the calls to action as set out by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. From left: Elsipogtog First Nation Chief Arren Sock; Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny; Tobique First Nation Chief Ross Perley; Oromocto First Nation Chief ...

Maliseet flag raised

The Maliseet flag was raised outside the legislature to mark National Aboriginal Day, June 21. From left: deputy premier Stephen Horsman; Service New Brunswick Minister Ed Doherty, who is also the minister responsible for aboriginal affairs; and Fredericton South MLA David Coon.

Federal and provincial ministers meet with First Nations chiefs

Following a meeting with First Nations chiefs, representatives from the federal and provincial governments laid wreaths at the St. Mary’s First Nation cenotaph in honour of Aboriginal Veterans Day. From left: New Brunswick Southwest MP Karen Ludwig; federal Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett; Families and Children Minister Stephen Horsman; and Service New Brunswick Minister Ed Doherty, who is ...

Chief of Indian Island First Nation among recipients of Order of New Brunswick

Chief Kenneth Barlow from Indian Island First Nation was one of 10 accomplished individuals invested into the Order of New Brunswick this week by Lt.-Gov. Jocelyne Roy Vienneau, the chancellor of the order. The ceremony took place at Government House in Fredericton. From left: Kent North MLA Bertrand LeBlanc; Service New Brunswick Minister Ed Doherty, who is also the minister ...

Minister speaks at National Aboriginal Day celebrations

Service New Brunswick Minister Ed Doherty, who is also minister responsible for aboriginal affairs, spoke at National Aboriginal Day celebrations on June 21 in Saint John. From left: Gary Sappier; Doherty; and Matt Garnett.

Investment in mining sector training programs for First Nations

The provincial government has invested $136,000 in two training programs for 23 aboriginal individuals at the Trevali Mining Corp.’s Caribou mine near Bathurst. From left: Terry Richardson, Trevali Mik'Mauq benefits manager; Natural Resources Minister Denis Landry; Environment and Local Government Minister Brian Kenny; Energy and Mines Minister Donald Arseneault; Restigouche West MLA Gilles Lepage; Trevali CEO Mark Cruise and Trevali ...

Paintings by Tobique First Nation artist on display in Saint John and Moncton hospitals

Six paintings created by Natalie Sappier, an artist from Tobique First Nation, will be on display at hospitals in Saint John and Moncton this spring. The paintings, depicting First Nations experiences with cancer treatment, are part of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer's initiative entitled A New Path-Improving the Journey for New Brunswick's First Nations Patients Along the Cancer Care Continuum/Ajiglu'g ...

Open house marks completion of renovations to Joint Economic Development Initiative office

The Joint Economic Development Initiative held an open house to mark the completion of renovations to its office. The larger, expanded office space will better serve the steadily growing number of First Nations persons seeking training and help in the skilled trades and in entrepreneurship. From left: Justice Minister Troy Lifford; St. Mary’s Chief Candace Paul; Alex Dedam, chair, Aboriginal ...

New videos launched to promote Maliseet language, culture

New videos to promote and preserve the use of the Maliseet language in New Brunswick were launched today in Fredericton by community members from the Tobique First Nation. The short films feature elders speaking to youth learners in various social settings and locations with the aim of reducing the drastic decline in the fluency of Maliseet and cultural knowledge among ...

Healing to Wellness court officially opened

Chief Arren Sock of the Elsipogtog First Nation welcomed Premier David Alward, Justice Minister and Attorney General Marie-Claude Blais, and Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Robert Trevors to the opening ceremony for New Brunswick’s first Healing to Wellness court located in the Elsipogtog First Nation. The court incorporates First Nations culture and values to help those in conflict with ...

Dedication ceremony for Elder Peter Bernard

A recently completed riverbank restoration project was dedicated to an elder who inspired his community. Premier David Alward, Chief Stewart Paul, Chief-elect Brenda Pearly and members of the Tobique First Nation participated. From left: Victoria-Tobique MLA Wes McLean; Terry Sappier, project manager; Theresa (Hart) Perley, band councilor; and Alward.

National Aboriginal Leaders Meet

National Aboriginal leaders and the premiers took a short tour on one of the visiting tallships in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. They were in Lunenburg to discuss a wide range of issues prior to the start of the Council of the Federation meetings being held in Halifax this week. New Brunswick currently leads the economic development file. Other issues such as ...

National Aboriginal Day

June 21 is National Aboriginal Day across Canada. Celebrations were held in Officer’s Square in Fredericton to mark the occasion. From left, front row: Premier David Alward; and Lt.-Gov. Graydon Nicholas. From left, back row: Fredericton-Fort Nashwaak MLA Pam Lynch; Social Development Minister Sue Stultz; and Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Robert Trevors.

Provincial government, School District 14, Tobique First Nation sign education agreement

An Enhanced First Nation Education Programs and Services Agreement, providing about $971,000 annually, was signed by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, School District 14 and the Tobique First Nation. From left: Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Jody Carr; Stewart Paul, chief of the Tobique First Nation; and John Tingley, superintendent of School District 14.

Joint Economic Development Initiative holds annual session

The Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI) held its annual plenary meeting at the St. Mary’s First Nation. The provincial government provides funding for JEDI’s operations. Pictured at the podium is Lynn Poole-Hughes, executive director of JEDI.

Provincial government provides support to Maliseet Language Initiative

The provincial government has provided a grant to the St. Mary's First Nation for the Maliseet Language Initiative. From left: Fredericton-Fort Nashwaak MLA Pam Lynch; Darryl Nicholas, main instructor and planner for the initiative; and Annette Paul, director of education.

Provincial government provides grant to Fredericton Native Friendship Centre

The provincial government presented the Fredericton Native Friendship Centre with a grant for its annual Christmas gathering taking place this week. From left: Elizabeth Coburn, president, Fredericton Native Friendship Centre; and Fredericton-Silverwood MLA Brian Macdonald. Absent from the photo: Tamara Polchies, executive director, Fredericton Native Friendship Centre.

Multi-million-dollar information technology training-for-employment program to help Aboriginal people

A $4.1-million training-for-employment program was announced today, providing opportunities for Aboriginal people in New Brunswick in information and communications technology. The three-year New Brunswick Aboriginal Information and Communications Technology project is expected to help address the labour shortage in the province’s information and communications sector. From left: Fredericton Mayor Brad Woodside; Fisheries and Oceans Minister Keith Ashfield, who is also ...

New Brunswick First Nations establish negotiation process with provincial, federal governments

The provincial and federal governments as well as New Brunswick’s First Nations signed an agreement Sept. 9 to guide discussions leading to an agreement on Aboriginal and treaty rights. From left, sitting: Premier David Alward; and John Duncan, minister of Aboriginal affairs and Northern Development Canada. Standing, from left: Wes McLean, MLA for Victoria- Tobique; and Bernard Valcourt, minister of ...

First Nations enhanced services agreement signed

An Enhanced First Nation Education Programs and Services Agreement, providing approximately $380,000 annually, was signed today by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, School District 17 and the Oromocto First Nation. From left: Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Jody Carr; Oromocto First Nation Chief Roger Atwin; and School District 17 Superintendent David McTimoney.

Preparing for upcoming general assembly of the Assembly of First Nations

The Assembly of First Nations will hold its 32nd annual general assembly from July 12 to 14 in Moncton. From left: Premier David Alward; regional Chief Roger J. Augustine; and national Chief Shaun A-in-chut Atleo, Assembly of First Nations.

First provincial cabinet meeting held at Eel River Bar First Nation

The provincial government held the first-ever cabinet meeting on a First Nation today in the council offices of Eel River Bar First Nation near Dalhousie. Seated, from left: Premier David Alward; and Chief Everett Martin. They are joined by members of cabinet as well as the Eel River Bar band council.

Premier addresses annual JEDI plenary meeting

Premier David Alward, who is also minister responsible for the Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat, addressed the Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI) at its annual plenary meeting on Friday, Dec. 10, at the St. Mary’s First Nation. From left: Charles Harn, strategic development officer, JEDI; Patrick Francis, deputy minister, Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat and co-chair, JEDI; Alward; Candace Paul, chief, St. Mary’s First ...