Events and Photos
June 21st is National Indigenous Peoples Day
Leading into the weekend, Jake Stewart, minister of Aboriginal Affairs, was honoured to be part of an event to mark the day in Saint John and to raise the Wolastoqey, Mi’gmaq and Peskotomuhkati flags at the Legislative Assembly in Fredericton. He spoke about the significance of the day for everyone to recognize and appreciate the need to learn more about the history, resilience and leadership of Indigenous peoples across Canada.
Memorandum of understanding reaffirms commitment to Metepenagiag Heritage Park
The Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, the Metepenagiag Mi’kmaq Nation and the Metepenagiag Heritage Park recently signed a memorandum of understanding to ensure the continued development and promotion of the park’s Indigenous research and interpretive centre.
Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI) Annual General Meeting - October 30 2019
Minister Stewart and Minister Holland were invited to a harvesting tour at Metepanagiag First Nation to see first hand how birch bark and spruce root have traditionally been harvested by the Mi’gmaq. Harvesting from the land is central to the Mi’gmag way of life and is used to teach traditions, support livelihoods and provide continuity to strengthen culture - May 3, 2019
Historic Ceremony honouring Indigenous traditions and cultures held at Government House
Assembly of First Nations 40th Annual General Assembly was held in Fredericton from July 23 to 25
Saint Mary’s First Nation hosted their 20th PowWow from June 14 to 16 at the Old Reserve on Union St. Powwows are a community gathering that welcomes all people to celebrate cultural traditions through music, dance, art and feasts.
June 4th is Wolastoqiyik Treaty Day, an important day to recognize the historic partnership forged with the Wolastoqiyik close to 300 years ago.
The Hon. Jake Stewart, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, joined Wolastoqey Elders and Chiefs for a day of ceremony and celebration in Kapskuksisok, Madawaska First Nation.
May 10th is Bear Witness Day, an important day in the history of Jordan’s Principle
Aboriginal Affairs Minister, Jake Stewart stressed the importance of working with First Nation children and youth to address barriers and ensure all children receive appropriate services.
Traditional knowledge: Generation, transmission and protection
“Traditional knowledge: Generation, transmission and protection” is the theme of the18th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues that took place in New York this past April. Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Jake Stewart, joined First Nation leaders from New Brunswick and around the world to discuss the growing importance of preserving traditional knowledge.
Minister Stewart met with the Assembly of First Nations planning committee on March 27th.
Members of the Legislative Assembly were invited to view two of Ingrid Brooks fashion designs that were modeled at the International Indigenous Fashion Week held in Paris earlier this month.
Leaders from across Canada explored renewable energy and efficiency project opportunities at the Energizing Atlantic First Nations - Clean Energy Conference in Fredericton
Minister Stewart attended the 2019 Special Olympics NB Winter Games in Miramichi on
February 21, 2019
Six Aboriginal youth and three musicians travelled to French Guiana - December 7th
New Brunswick athletes joined Aboriginal participants from around the world to compete the 14th edition of the Kali’na games in nine sporting events reflective of traditional Kali'na practices: running, climbing coconut palm, harpoon shooting, canoe lifts, canoe race, tug of war, archery, devil's game and relay charge transfer.
The Kali’na games offers participants an opportunity to learn about Aboriginal cultures from other parts of the world, and at the same time, instills a sense of community and team work.
Congratulations to the New Brunswick delegation for a job well done.