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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 ...

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.