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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. From left: Chief Bill Ward of the Metepenagiag Mi’kmaq Nation; Tourism, Heritage and Culture Miinister Robert Gauvin and Elder Chief Howard Augustine, member ...

Funding for northern New Brunswick infrastructure improvements

The provincial and federal governments have announced funding for water, wastewater and infrastructure improvements in northern New Brunswick. From left: Madawaska-Restigouche MP René Arseneault; Eel River Bar First Nation Chief Sacha LaBillois; Aboriginal Affairs Minister Jake Stewart; and Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan.

Historic ceremony honouring Indigenous traditions and cultures held at Government House

The provincial government is working with First Nation Elders and leaders, as well as the judiciary, to ensure the process of having Eagle Feathers available for affirmations, before testifying in court, is done with the appropriate cultural protocols. A special ceremony took place at Government House in Fredericton on Tuesday to recognize the importance of honouring Indigenous traditions and cultures. ...

Assembly of First Nations’ 40th annual general assembly

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Jake Stewart attended the opening of the Assembly of First Nations’ 40th annual general assembly in Fredericton.

Flag-raising for National Indigenous Peoples Day

In honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day, June 21, the Wolastoqey, Mi’gmaq and Peskotomuhkati flags were flown at the legislative assembly. In photo, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Jake Stewart is raising the Wolastoqey flag.

St. Mary’s 20th powwow

St. Mary’s First Nation hosted its 20th powwow June 14-16 at the Old Reserve on Union St. in Fredericton. Powwows are community gatherings that welcome all people to celebrate cultural traditions through music, dance, art and feasts. From left: Aboriginal Affairs Minister Jake Stewart and St. Mary’s First Nation Chief Alan Polchies Jr. ...

June 4 is Wolastoqiyik Treaty Day

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Jake Stewart joined Wolastoqey elders and chiefs for a day of ceremony and celebration in Kapskuksisok, Madawaska First Nation.

Government receives final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

The provincial government has received the final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The commission that led the inquiry released its report on June 3 at a special closing ceremony in Gatineau, Que. Aboriginal Affairs Minister Jake Stewart attended the ceremony on behalf of the provincial government. From left: Stewart and Vancouver Granville ...

Traditional spruce root harvesting

A spruce root harvesting tour was held in the community of Metepenagiag. From left: Aboriginal Affairs Minister Jake Stewart; Energy and Resource Development Minister Mike Holland; Elder Howard Augustine and Cheryl Simon, Senior Policy Advisor with MI’GMAWE’L TPLU’TAQNN Inc.

Celebrate First Nations culture at a powwow this season

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Jake Stewart is encouraging New Brunswickers to join First Nations communities that are hosting a series of powwows around the province. Powwows are community gatherings that welcome all people together in friendship, celebrating First Nations cultural traditions through music, dance, art and feasts. The University of New Brunswick started this year’s powwow series on April 4.

Bear Witness Day

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Jake Stewart observed Bear Witness Day, May 10. Bear Witness Day draws attention to Jordan’s Principle, which aims to ensure First Nations children and youth receive appropriate services.

Minister attends UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Jake Stewart attended the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York. From left: former National Hockey League player Reggie Leach; Chief Wilton Littlechild, inductee of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame; and Stewart.

International Indigenous Fashion Week held in Paris

Ingrid Brooks of Indian Island, was one out of eight fashion designers selected from around the world, to attend the International Indigenous Fashion Week held in Paris earlier this year. Fifteen of her unique pieces, some of which featured traditional porcupine quill artwork, were modeled at this widely recognized event. On March 20, Brooks was introduced at the legislative assembly ...

Promoting culture at UNB

Promoting culture and expanding opportunities for Indigenous students from all regions of the world will be a priority for the University of New Brunswick’s newly appointed Piluwitahasuwin, (assistant vice-president Indigenous Engagement) Amanda Reid Rogers. Photo shows Rogers and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Jake Stewart.

Have a Heart Day

On Feb. 14 the Department of Aboriginal Affairs celebrated Have a Heart Day, a day for First Nation children to join voices in friendship to raise awareness about issues that affect them directly. Photo shows Aboriginal Affairs Minister Jake Stewart participating in the event.

Six aboriginal youth and three musicians travelled to French Guiana

Six aboriginal youth and three musicians travelled to French Guiana Dec. 7 to participate in the Kali’na Games. Aboriginal Affairs Minister Jake Stewart met with the group.

Investment in First Nations economic development initiatives

The provincial and federal governments have made a two-year funding commitment to the Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI), which aims to strengthen entrepreneurship and economic development opportunities for First Nations. From left: Treasury Board President Roger Melanson, who is also the minister responsible for aboriginal affairs; JEDI president Alex Dedam; Lynn Poole-Hughes, CEO of JEDI; Tobique-Mactaquac MP T.J. Harvey; and ...

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 ...