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Including NCC in consultations over proposed road link to north coast insulting to Labrador Inuit

January 27, 2023

The Nunatsiavut Government is offended and disappointed that the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador continues to include the NunatuKavut Community Council in the consultation process for the pre-feasibility study on establishing a road link connecting Labrador’s north coast with the Trans-Labrador Highway.

“The NCC is not a collective entitled to Indigenous rights and, therefore, should not have any say whatsoever when it comes to developments within the Labrador Inuit Settlement Area,” says Nunatsiavut President Johannes Lampe. “We are insulted that the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador continues to dismiss our concerns by insisting an outside settler group claiming to be Indigenous be consulted on matters that have nothing at all to do with them.”

A media release issued by the provincial Department of Transportation and Infrastructure on Thursday notes that “Indigenous land use, harvesting, and cultural and ecological values will be considered in all aspects” of the pre-feasibility study. Allnorth Consultants Limited, a partner with NCC’s economic development arm, Nunacor, has been contracted to complete the pre-feasibility study.

“While we are pleased to finally see this work begin, we are upset that NCC and Nunacor will be involved,” says President Lampe. “This is wrong, immoral and a step back for reconciliation on the part of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.”

Media Contact:

Bert Pomeroy

Director of Communications

(709) 896-8582


NAIG Council Hall of Honor

January 27, 2024

The North American Indigenous Games Council, are excited to announce the inaugural North American Indigenous Games Hall of Honour. The Hall of Honour invites all of Turtle Island to celebrates sporting excellence and outstanding achievement on and off the field of play by nominating acclaimed alumni to celebrate for the 2023 North American Indigenous Games Hall of Honour.

The Hall of Honour will recognize exceptional North American Indigenous Games alumni who have sparked greatness by distinguishing themselves during the Games and beyond, while contributing to the growth of the North American Indigenous Games Movement.

Nominees are eligible for induction in one of two categories:

‍Athletes: (3)

The athlete category recognizes past North American Indigenous Games athletes who have achieved significant success in national and/or international competition. Nominees must also have demonstrated support for the North American Indigenous Games through promotional events, community engagement or other meaningful activities. Nominees must be inactive.

‍Builders: (3)

The builder category recognizes past coaches, managers, officials, administrators, volunteers, sponsors or members of the media who have made outstanding efforts and had an immeasurable impact for more than 10 years within the North American Indigenous Games Movement. Nominees may be active or inactive.

‍To nominate an athlete or builder for the 2023 Hall of Honour, please complete the nomination form no later than March 1st, 2023.

The Hall of Honour class of 2023 will be formally inducted during the 2023 North American Indigenous Games in Kjipuktuk (Halifax) next July. For more information on the nomination criteria please click here.

Visit for more information about the NAIG Hall of Honour, including nomination criteria.

About the NAIG Council
NAIG Council is the International Governing Body for the NAIG exercising exclusive jurisdiction,
either directly or through its affiliate members, over all matters pertaining to the Games. It
ensures the purposes and philosophies are reflected in all aspects of the NAIG.


Contract Awarded for Pre-Feasibility Study for Road into Northern Labrador

January 26, 2023

The Provincial Government is moving ahead with a pre-feasibility study on the construction of a road connecting the Trans-Labrador Highway to communities in northern Labrador.

A $269,350 contract has been awarded to Allnorth Consultants Limited to complete the study, which will undertake consultations in Labrador and will consider:

  • The advantages and disadvantages of potential routes;
  • The cost of constructing necessary infrastructure;
  • Post-construction road maintenance;
  • Weather conditions and climate change impacts; and
  • Socio-economic and environmental impacts.

Indigenous land use, harvesting, and cultural and ecological values will be considered in all aspects of the study, as informed by consultations with the Nunatsiavut Government; five Inuit Community Governments of Nain, Hopedale, Postville, Makkovik, and Rigolet; Innu Nation; Mushuau Innu First Nation; and Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation; the NunatuKavut Community Council; the Town of North West River; and the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

A report on the study is due in late 2023. More details on the procurement of the study are available on

The pre-feasibly study is the next step in improving transportation in Labrador. It follows more than 1,100 kilometres of paving on the Trans-Labrador Highway between the Labrador Straits and Labrador West, which was completed in July 2022. Nearly $1 billion has been invested to build and pave the highway since 1997, including more than $230 million since 2016.


“This pre-feasibility study is an important next step to the potential development of a road into northern Labrador. This ensures government is doing its due diligence before moving ahead with a feasibility study and construction by considering the cost, impact on communities, settled or asserted Aboriginal rights, Indigenous values, land use and knowledge and consultation with people of the region.”
Honourable Elvis Loveless
Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure

“The Provincial Government is committed to mapping out a strategy to develop and improve the transportation network in Labrador. The contractor will assess the many factors associated with the concept of building a road that could link the North Coast to Central Labrador. This includes incorporating the views of residents and communities, which are essential in the study process.”
Honourable Lisa Dempster
Minister Responsible for Labrador Affairs and Minister Responsible for Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation

“The award of this contract is important for the people of Labrador, as it shows our commitment to the transportation network. I look forward to the consultations, analyses and recommendations as to how best to proceed.”
Perry Trimper
MHA for the District of Lake Melville

“I am pleased that we are another step closer to making this important infrastructure investment a reality by proceeding with this pre-feasibility study. Knowledge and guidance from Indigenous communities, consultations with local stakeholders, and environmental considerations from this study will provide the government with valuable information prior to its development. Our government continues to make transport in and out of Labrador’s north a top priority.”
Yvonne Jones
Parliamentary Secretary to the Federal Minister of Natural Resources and to the Federal Minister of Northern Affairs


Learn more
The Governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador Invest in a Pre-Feasibility Study for a Road into Northern Labrador

Trans-Labrador Highway Paving Completed Marking Historic Day in the Big Land


Funding for Community Generators

January 26, 2023

The Province is providing $5.8 million to help 180 community organizations through the Community Generator Program.

The program helps groups purchase and install generators at community centres so the centres are able to serve as a gathering space during power outages.

“We know how important community centres are across this province,” said Pat Dunn, Minister of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage. “We want to make sure centres are ready to support their communities in times of need.”

The Province created the fund in September after Fiona and increased it by $4 million in December to meet community demand.


The fire hall provides a lot of valuable services for our community. When we get hit with extreme weather, we can have long power outages and a lot of residents struggle to get their basic needs met. With this grant, we will be a gathering place for anyone without power, or those who just want to connect with their neighbours.
– Rod Beresford, Chief, Westmount Volunteer Fire Department, Sydney

Quick Facts:

  • applications for the 2023-24 Community Generator Program are open now and close on February 14

Additional Resources:

The list of 2022-23 recipients is at:

Guidelines for the 2023-24 program can be found at:

Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage funding programs:


Province, Mi’kmaq to Share Governance of Kluskap Wilderness Area

January 25, 2023

The Province and Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia are taking the first step toward shared governance of Kluskap Wilderness Area, which includes the sacred Mi’kmaw site Kluskap’s Cave.

Wagmatcook First Nation Chief Norman Bernard, Governance Co-Lead for the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Chiefs, and Environment and Climate Change Minister Timothy Halman made the joint announcement today, January 25, at a signing ceremony in Wagmatcook. The shared understanding agreement between the Province and the Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources outlines the terms of the relationship for the long-term care of the nearly 2,800 hectares of land in Kluskap Wilderness Area.

“Nova Scotia is committed to reconciliation with the Mi’kmaq, who have been stewards of this area for thousands of years,” said Minister Halman. “They have significant experience and knowledge in safeguarding nature. Today, we are taking the first formal step in our journey to share governance of Kluskap Wilderness Area and continue our work, led by the Mi’kmaq, to create Indigenous protected and conserved areas in Nova Scotia.”

The agreement signed today marks a new working relationship and shared commitments to conserve, maintain and celebrate the ecological, cultural and spiritual significance of Kluskap Wilderness Area. The work is guided by key principles and values identified by Mi’kmaw communities for the creation and long-term care of Indigenous protected and conserved areas (IPCAs) in Unama’ki (Cape Breton). It is the first agreement of this type between Nova Scotia and the Mi’kmaq.

A working group with equal representation from the Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources and the Province has been created to develop a governance arrangement and plan for long-term care of the area.


This Shared Understanding on Kluskap Wilderness Area is another step on the path towards reconciliation, where our communities can work together to not only preserve our shared history, but allow future generations to learn and benefit from our province’s rich culture, natural resources and beauty. Karla MacFarlane, Minister of L’nu Affairs

Kluskap Wilderness Area is a very special place for the Mi’kmaq. This agreement marks another step toward the Mi’kmaq having a voice in discussions on the very lands we have been stewards of since time immemorial. We look forward to collaborating with our provincial partners on how these lands will be cared for, protected, and understood for generations to come. IPCAs are crucial to our people and to all Nova Scotians. Chief Norman Bernard, Wagmatcook First Nation

The shared understanding between UINR and the Province of Nova Scotia is a new way forward. The document, developed collaboratively, provides the terms of our relationship that will see the wilderness area become part of the Kluskap’s Cave Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area. Kluskap’s Cave is a sacred place and holds such significance to Mi’kmaq. The IPCA will be an important place for our communities to reconnect with the land and water, a place to fulfill our responsibility to care for the land, and to share this knowledge for the betterment of all of Nova Scotia. Lisa Young, Executive Director, Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources

Kluskap’s Cave and all of the mountain is a sacred space. A commitment to Kluskap IPCA is a commitment to our shared relationship with and our responsibility to the Earth. It feels like Kluskap’s voice is being heard, and this will be good for everyone. Lawrence Wells, Mi’kmaq Elder, Membertou

Quick Facts:

  • Kluskap Wilderness Area was designated by the Province in 2016, through consultation with the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia
  • it has a variety of land forms and habitats, including cobble beaches, coastal cliffs and caves, and barachois ponds that extend for almost six kilometres along St. Ann’s Bay
  • Kluskap’s Cave, or Nukmij’nawe’nuis, is one of the most sacred sites to the Mi’kmaq – it is considered the centre of the Universe and where the legendary figure Kluskap is said to return one day
  • the Environment Goals and Climate Change Reduction Act has a goal to protect 20 per cent of Nova Scotia’s land and water by 2030, including working with the Mi’kmaq to create Indigenous protected and conserved areas in the province

Additional Resources:

Kluskap Wilderness Area:

Environmental Goals and Climate Change Reduction Act:

Tan Telolti’k: How We Are Doing Now – 2020 report on developing a management framework for Indigenous protected and conserved areas:


Indigenous identity at core of Qalipu trial in St. John’s – SaltWire

Final arguments are to be heard next week

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Testimony has wrapped up, but observers across the country are interested to see what comes of a court case in St. John’s involving a group of Mi’kmaw residents whose memberships in the Qalipu First Nation were revoked when a new point system was brought in to reassess applications.

Summary statements by lawyers for the six plaintiffs and two defendants — the Federation of Newfoundland Indians (FNI) and the Government of Canada — will be heard Tuesday, Jan. 31, and Wednesday, Feb. 1.

As a study in how Indigenous identity is argued and legislated in the modern era, the case has captured the attention of Indigenous groups and advocates across the country, some of whom say it could set a precedent.

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Job call: Field Operations Trainees (Youth in Nunatsiavut)

Jan 25, 2023

This is an opportunity for youth interested in environmental monitoring and technology to support safe travel in their community by participating in SmartICE sea-ice monitoring operations.

Location: Nain, Hopedale, Postville, Rigolet and Makkovik

Youth recruited for this position will:

  • Take part in a 5-7 day SmartICE operator training program and will learn how to operate or deploy SmartICE’s SmartKAMUTIK and SmartBUOY technologies
  • Support the local Nunatsiavut Government Conservation Officer in monitoring sea-ice safety with the SmartKAMUTIK on a regular basis during the ice season
  • Learn about equipment maintenance procedures and sea-ice safety measures
  • Develop new land-based skills and knowledge of local ice conditions
  • Gain skills and experience that are desirable to other employers through an employment readiness program. The program will include: first aid certification, WHIMIS, Lean 101, resume writing skills, and socio-emotional learning techniques

If you fit these criteria, SmartICE is looking for you!

• 18-30 years of age
• Available to work 15-20 hours per week from January to May
• Interested in technology, environmental monitoring, or communications
• Interested in supporting sea-ice safety in your community
• Interested in developing personal and employment skills
• Understanding of the importance of job safety, accountability, and mutual respect in the workplace


Dates: To be Determined
Rate of Pay: $20/hr

More info here.

If you are a youth in Nain interested in participating in this program, contact:

Rex Holwell, SmartICE Manager of Nunatsiavut Operations
Phone 922-2074 or email


New Ombudsman Appointed

January 25, 2023

The Province has appointed Christine Brennan as Ombudsman. The appointment, for a term of five years, is effective immediately.

Ms. Brennan is an experienced leader who most recently served as acting ombudsman.

“Nova Scotians will benefit from the deep expertise Christine Brennan brings as the Ombudsman,” said Premier Tim Houston. “We know she will help promote fairness and accountability in the delivery of government services.”

Ms. Brennan’s experience as the acting and deputy ombudsman ensures a smooth transition after the retirement of previous ombudsman William A. Smith in 2022.

The ombudsman is an independent officer of the legislature. The Office of the Ombudsman provides oversight by investigating complaints about provincial and municipal government, agencies, boards and commissions.

The selection process for a new ombudsman was led by the Public Service Commission. The selection committee included senior representatives from the departments of Justice and Education and Early Childhood Development, the African Nova Scotian Justice Institute and the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Chiefs.


I welcome my appointment as Ombudsman with gratitude and excitement. As an oversight agency, the Ombudsman’s office benefits from a tree-top view of provincial and municipal public service delivery and accountability. My work here has given me the unique opportunity of observing Nova Scotia’s public servants, recognizing and respecting their incredible work and endless challenges, as well as seeing the impact and influence that government entities can have on the citizens they serve. I am well supported by a diverse team of vibrant and talented people. We all look forward to getting on with the job.

– Christine Brennan, Nova Scotia’s Ombudsman

Quick Facts:

  • Ms. Brennan has been with Office of the Ombudsman since 2000
  • she is a graduate of Saint Mary’s University and the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, and completed the program of legal studies from the Indigenous Law Centre (University of Saskatchewan College of Law)
  • anyone can make a complaint to the ombudsman
  • the Office of the Ombudsman operates under the authority of the Ombudsman Act and the Public Interest Disclosure of Wrongdoing Act
  • it celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2021

Additional Resources:

Nova Scotia Office of the Ombudsman:


Classified and The East Pointers lead 2023 East Coast Music Award Nominations

January 24, 2023

The East Coast Music Association (ECMA) is thrilled to announce the 2023 East Coast Music Award nominees. Classified (NS) and The East Pointers (PEI) lead the pack with 6 nominations each. Followed closely by Jason Benoit (NL) with 5. Coming in with 4 a piece is David Myles (NB), Madison Violet (CB), Andrew Waite (PEI), and Lisa Leblanc (NB).

A full list of Music Award and Industry Award nominations follows below.

This year, ECMA celebrates a major milestone with the 35th anniversary of the festival, bringing with it the opportunity to shine a spotlight on the past, present, and future of music in Atlantic Canada. Join ECMA this year in the host city of Halifax, NS, as the event lights up the stages with East Coast music from May 3 – 7, 2023. Further announcements from ECMA, including showcasing artists, conference details, and more will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

Classified et The East Pointers sont en tête de lice des nominations pour les Prix de la musique de la côte Est 2023

L’Association de la musique de la côte Est (AMCE) est heureuse d’annoncer les finalistes pour les Prix de la musique de la côte Est 2023. Classified (N.-É.) et The East Pointers (Î.-P.-É.) mènent le bal avec six nominations chacun. Ils sont suivis de près par Jason Benoit (T.-N.-L.), avec cinq nominations. Avec quatre nominations, on retrouve David Myles (N.-B.), Madison Violet (C.-B.), Andrew Waite (Î.-P.-É.) et Lisa Leblanc (N.-B.).

Vous trouverez ci-dessous une liste complète des nominations pour les Prix de la musique et les Prix de l’industrie.

Cette année, l’AMCE célèbre un jalon important avec le 35e anniversaire du festival, offrant l’occasion de mettre en lumière le passé, le présent et l’avenir de la musique dans la région du Canada atlantique. Joignez-vous à l’AMCE cette année dans la ville hôte d’Halifax, en Nouvelle-Écosse, alors que l’événement mettra le feu aux planches avec de la musique de la côte Est du 3 au 7 mai 2023. D’autres annonces de l’AMCE, notamment sur les artistes qui se produiront et sur les détails de la conférence, seront présentées au cours des prochaines semaines.

The 2023 East Coast Music Award nominees are as follows:

Voici les finalistes des Prix de la musique de la côte Est 2023:

Music Nominees / Finalistes des Prix de la musique

African Canadian Artist of the Year / Artiste afro-canadien ou afro-canadienne de l’année

  • Aquakultre
  • Jah’Mila
  • Maggie Andrew
  • Owen O’Sound Lee
  • Zamani Folade

Album of the Year / Album de l’année

  • Andrew Waite – Andrew Waite (Self Titled)
  • Classified – Retrospected
  • David Myles – It’s Only A Little Loneliness
  • Fortunate Ones – That Was You and Me
  • Jason Benoit – TIME TRAVELLER – SIDE A
  • Kristen Martell – Every Season

Blues Recording of the Year / Enregistrement blues de l’année

  • Allen Snow – The Quorum
  • Charlie A’Court & Witchitaw – When Country Gets The Blues
  • Mark Riley – PM BLUE
  • Mike Trask – TV Dinner
  • Rev. Dave and The Sin Eaters – Beams of Love

Children’s Entertainer of the Year / Artiste jeunesse de l’année:

  • Bingly and the Rogues (with The Villains Theatre)
  • Heather Feather
  • Matt the Music Man
  • Pete

Choral Recording of the Year / Entregistrement choral de l’année

  • Dr. Zoo Featuring South African Singers Choir – We May Win
  • Halifax Camerata Singers – Last Evening
  • Luminos Ensemble – I Am an Island That Dreams
  • Men of the Deeps – Remember the Miner
  • Sirens – In Her Image

Classical Composer Of The Year / Compositeur ou compositrice classique de l’année

  • Andrew Staniland
  • Derek Charke
  • Edward Enman
  • Grej
  • Natalie Williams Calhoun

Classical Recording of the Year / Enregistrement classique de l’année

  • Andrew Staniland – Reddened by Hammer: Earthquakes & Islands Remixed
  • Atlantic String Machine – A Single Juniper Post
  • Duo Concertante – Ecology of Being
  • Jennifer King – O Mistress Moon (Canadian Edition)
  • SHHH!! Ensemble – Meanwhile

Contemporary Roots Recording of the Year / Enregistrement roots contemporain de l’année

  • Carleton Stone – Papercut
  • David Myles – It’s Only A Little Loneliness
  • Madison Violet – eleven
  • Rawlins Cross – Sunrise
  • The East Pointers – House Of Dreams

Country Recording of the Year / Enregistrement country de l’année

  • La Patente – L’Illusion d’la perfection
  • Mallory Johnson – Surprise Party
  • Pretty Archie – Pretty Archie (Self Titled)
  • Rev. Dave and The Sin Eaters – Beams of Love
  • Willie Stratton – Drugstore Dreamin’

Dance Recording of the Year / Enregistrement de danse de l’année

  • Alex Byrne – Nothing but a Liar
  • Bishu – WYGD
  • Cloverdale & DJ Susan – Talkin
  • Corey LeRue – IDTYK
  • PINEO & LOEB x Joel Freck – Hope feat. Karl Wolf

Electronic Recording of the Year / Enregistrement électronique de l’année

  • It Could Be Franky – Edena
  • Maura Whitman – Introspection
  • Mear – Soft Chains
  • Rich Aucoin – Synthetic Season 1
  • Sparkee – Snack Pack

Folk Recording of the Year / Enregistrement folk de l’année

  • Dylan Menzie – Modern Classic
  • Fortunate Ones – That Was You and Me
  • Julie Aubé – Contentement
  • Kristen Martell – Every Season
  • Madison Violet – eleven

Enregistrement francophone de l’année / Francophone Recording of the Year

  • Caroline Savoie – Bruits blancs
  • Laurie LeBlanc – Long Weekend
  • Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire – Pas l’temps d’niaiser
  • Lisa LeBlanc – Chiac Disco
  • Plywood Joe – Et les mangeux de baloni
  • P’tit Belliveau – Un homme et son piano

Global Recording of the Year / Enregistrement global de l’année

  • Andru Branch & Halfway Tree – Weather the Storm
  • Jah’Mila – Roots Girl
  • Jing Xia – The Numinous Journey
  • Kubasonics – Kubasongs
  • Vineet Vyas – Satyam

Group Recording of the Year / Enregistrement groupe de l’année

  • Fortunate Ones – That Was You and Me
  • Moira & Claire – I’m not usually this forward but…
  • Pretty Archie – Pretty Archie(Self Titled)
  • The East Pointers – House Of Dreams
  • The Trews – Wanderer

Indigenous Artist of the Year / Artiste autochtone de l’année

  • Deantha Edmunds
  • Gearl
  • Jason Benoit
  • Morgan Toney
  • Silver Wolf Band

Inspirational/Gospel Recording of the Year / Enregistrement inspirant ou gospel de l’année

  • Dr. Zoo – 20
  • Elijah MacDougall – The Boy Who Would Be
  • Keith Mullins – Vets for Healings Song Camp 1
  • One8tea – Say Amen
  • Yvette Lorraine – Same Story

Instrumental Recording of the Year / Enregistrement instrumental de l’année

  • Atlantic String Machine – A Single Juniper Post
  • Florian Hoefner – Desert Bloom
  • Quilting – Quilting (Self Titled)
  • Sarah Hagen – Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations
  • Shannon Quinn – 20 Summers

Jazz Recording of the Year / Enregistrement jazz de l’année

  • Behrooz Mihankhah – Lydium
  • Big Space – In Relation To
  • Duane Andrews and the Hot Club of Conception Bay – Djangology
  • Florian Hoefner – Desert Bloom
  • JOYFULTALK – Familiar Science

Loud Recording of the Year / Enregistrement loud de l’année

  • Dali Van Gogh – New Blood, Old Wounds
  • Electric Spoonful – 2 Poor 4 a Two Four
  • Red Usurper – Abandon
  • Swimming – That’s OK
  • TRUCE. – Unentitled

Pop Recording of the Year / Enregistrement pop de l’année

  • Caroline Savoie – Bruits blancs
  • Lisa LeBlanc – Chiac Disco
  • Maura Whitman – Introspective
  • The East Pointers – House Of Dreams
  • Yvette Lorraine – Same Story

R&B / Soul Recording of the Year / Enregistrement R&B/soul de l’année

  • Aquakultre – Don’t Trip
  • Boy T – Ride Your Name
  • DEE HERNANDEZ – Remember Those Days
  • JRDN – Red Eye
  • Nicole Ariana – Crybaby

Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year / Enregistrement rap/hip-hop de l’année

  • Albert Dalton – If I Can’t Have It
  • City Natives – The People of the Dawn
  • Classified – Retrospected
  • Owen O’Sound Lee – 235
  • Reggie Morales – Regicide

Rising Star Recording of the Year / Enregistrement Étoiles de demain de l’année

  • Daniel James McFadyen – Hot Sun
  • Dylan Menzie – A Piece of Me
  • Isabella Samson – Love Takes You Home
  • Marian – Astral Plane
  • Moira & Claire – South Shore

Rock Recording of the Year / Enregistrement rock de l’année

  • Dali Van Gogh – New Blood, Old Wound
  • Julie & Dany – Julie & Dany (Self Titled)
  • Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire – Pas l’temps d’niaiser
  • Motherhood – Winded
  • Nick Earle – No More Hiding
  • The Trews – Wanderer

Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year / Enregistrement folklorique/traditionnel de l’année

  • Gina Burgess – ISNOW
  • Jing Xia – The Numinous Journey
  • Kubasonics – Kubasongs
  • Les Fireflies – Day by Day
  • Shane Pendergast – The House Before the Bridge

Solo Recording of the Year / Enregistrement Artiste Solo de l’année

  • Adam Baldwin – Concertos & Serenades
  • David Myles – It’s Only A Little Loneliness
  • Jason Benoit – TIME TRAVELLER – SIDE A
  • Lisa LeBlanc – Chiac Disco
  • Owen O’Sound Lee – 235

Song of the Year / Chanson de l’année

  • Adam Baldwin – “Lighthouse in Little Lorraine”
  • Andrew Waite – “Ain’t Goin’ Out Like That”
  • Braden Lam – “Silence feat. Wolf Castle”
  • Brandon Howard Roy – “Give Me Love”
  • Daniel James McFadyen – “Hot Sun”

Songwriter of the Year / Compositeur ou compositrice de l’année

  • Andrew Waite
  • Kellie Loder
  • Madison Violet
  • Quote the Raven
  • The East Pointers

Industry Nominees / Finalistes des Prix de l’industrie

Artist Innovator of the Year / Artiste Innovateur ou artiste Innovatrice de l’année

  • Carolina East
  • Classified
  • Dr. Zoo
  • Hillary Ladd
  • Jason Benoit

Company of the Year / Compagnie de l’année

  • Atlantic Music
  • East Track Mind
  • Jones & Co
  • Lawnya Vawnya
  • Sound of Pop

Event of the Year / Événement de l’année

  • Cloggeroo – The Island Folk Festival
  • Lawnya Vawnya 12
  • TD Halifax Jazz Festival
  • The Jibfest Weekender
  • The Smokey Sessions Songwriters’ Circle

Industry Innovator of the Year / Innovateur ou innovatrice de l’année dans l’industrie

  • Cartermusic Presents
  • East Track Mind
  • Eirinn Fraser
  • Rozalind MacPhail
  • Secret Key Media

Live Sound Engineer of the Year / Ingénieur ou ingénieure de son de l’année pour un spectacle

  • Evan Cormier
  • John Ellingbo
  • Kyle Gallagher
  • Michelle Lacour
  • Peter Green
  • Steve Everett

Artist Management Of The Year / Gérant(e), Maison de gérance de l’année

  • Derrick Sturge, Pharos Music Inc.
  • Faye WilliamsWood
  • Mary Beth Waldram
  • Todd Mercer

Media Person Of The Year / Représentant ou représentante des médias de l’année

  • Doug Gallant
  • Greg Smith
  • Heidi-Lyn O’Connor
  • Katie Kelly
  • Richard Lann

Producer Of The Year / Réalisateur ou réalisatrice de l’année

  • Chris Kirby
  • Classified
  • Clint Curtis
  • Corey LeRue
  • Mark Howard

Studio Engineer of the Year / Ingénieur ou ingénieure de studio de l’année

  • Scott Ferguson
  • John D. S. Adams
  • Future Dad
  • Mike “Sheppy” Shepherd
  • Chris Iannetti
  • Thomas Stajcer

Studio of the Year / Studio de l’année

  • Future Dad
  • Iannetti Recording
  • Lakewind Sound Studios
  • Scott Ferguson
  • Stonehouse Sound

Venue of the Year / Salle de spectacle de l’année

  • Broken Record Bar & Music Room
  • First Light Center For Performance & Creativity
  • The Carleton
  • The Ship Pub
  • Under The Spire Music Festival: Historic St. Mary’s

Video Director of the Year / Réalisateur ou réalisatrice de vidéoclip de l’année

  • Cecil Johnson
  • Jamie Miller
  • Jeff Miller
  • Matthew Ingraham

Visual Artist of the Year / Artiste visuel ou artiste visuelle de l’année

  • Alex MacAskill – Midnight Oil Print & Design House
  • Ashley Anne Clark
  • Heidi-Lyn O’Connor
  • Jud Haynes
  • Krista Power

TD Fans’ Choice Awards / Prix choix du public

TD Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the Year / Artiste de l’année – TD Choix du public

  • Classified
  • David Myles
  • Jason Benoit
  • Kellie Loder
  • Lisa LeBlanc
  • Madison Violet
  • Neon Dreams
  • Rich Aucoin
  • Robert Thomas and the Sessionmen
  • The East Pointers

TD Fans’ Choice Video of the Year / Vidéoclip de l’année – TD Choix du public

  • Andrew Waite – “Full Time, Tryin’ 2 Luv” (Director: Brendan Henry)
  • Braden Lam – “don’t let go (Chapter 1 of 2)” (Directors: Tim Mombourquette, Braden Lam)
  • Classified – “Accept It (Retrospected)” (Directors: The Boyd Brothers)
  • Dave Sampson – “All My Friends” (Directors: Ryker Titus, Andy Hines)
  • Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire – “Safe to Say” (Directors: Katrine Noël, Kevin McIntyre)
  • Moira & Claire – “Delaney’s Dad” (Director: Ray Antonison)
  • Neon Dreams – “ITS ALL GOOD” (Directors: Dan Lewis Cole,Frank Kadillac)
  • Nicole Ariana – “Master of Denial” (Directors: Griffin O’Toole, Brendan Lyle (MooseCanFly))
  • PINEO & LOEB – “Attached 2 U” (Director: Gee Clarke)
  • The East Pointers – “Save Your Lonely” (Director: Lucas Eastmure)


  • Cape Breton / Cap-Breton: 20
  • New Brunswick – Nouveau-Brunswick: 40
  • Newfoundland & Labrador / Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador: 57
  • Nova Scotia / Nouvelle-Écosse: 86
  • Prince Edward Island / Île-du-Prince-Édouard: 31


The ECMA is consistently reviewing its awards criteria to ensure it accurately reflects the music industry in the moment. It is important to us that we speak directly to our members and industry stakeholders to adjust and refine where needed and do so on an annual basis. For the 2023 awards submissions, ECMA made the following changes:

Music Awards:

  • Artists were permitted to apply to up to two genre specific categories, up from just one in previous years.

  • Pop Recording of the Year is now a crossover category, meaning it does not classify solely as a singular genre as many genres have pop influences.

  • UPDATED CATEGORY: Inspirational Recording of the Year changed to Inspirational/Gospel Recording of the Year.

  • NEW CATEGORY: Choral Recording of the Year. In consultation with the choral community in Atlantic Canada, it seemed appropriate to break out this specific style of recording from the “Classical” moniker.

    • Classical Recording of the Year requires 3 songs, previously required a full album.

    • Rising Star Recording of the Year requires 1 song, previously required a full album.

    • Global Music Recording of the Year requires 3 songs, previously required a full album.

    • R&B / Soul Recording of the Year requires 3 songs, previously required a full album.

Industry Awards:

  • BACK FOR 2023: Venue of the year, after several years dormant to reflect changes in the industry due to the pandemic, ECMA is happy to reinstate this award.

  • Visual Artist of the Year now goes to the individual artist not the company.


L’AMCE revoit les critères relatifs à ses prix de façon régulière, afin de veiller à ce qu’ils reflètent l’industrie musicale telle qu’elle est à l’heure actuelle. Il est essentiel pour nous de communiquer directement avec nos membres ainsi qu’avec les intervenants de l’industrie pour nous adapter et nous améliorer, le cas échéant, et ce, chaque année. Voici les changements apportés par l’AMCE en ce qui concerne les candidatures pour les prix 2023 :

Prix de la musique:

  • Les artistes ont eu le droit de présenter leur candidature dans un maximum de deux catégories de genre, comparativement à seulement une au cours des dernières années.

  • La catégorie Enregistrement pop de l’année est maintenant une catégorie hybride, ce qui signifie qu’elle ne se classifie pas seulement comme un seul genre, car de nombreux genres ont des influences pop.

  • CATÉGORIE ACTUALISÉE: L’Enregistrement inspirationnel de l’année a changé pour l’Enregistrement inspirant ou gospel de l’année.

  • NOUVELLE CATÉGORIE: Enregistrement choral de l’année. En consultation avec la communauté chorale du Canada atlantique, il semble approprié de séparer ce style précis d’enregistrement de la catégorie « Classique ».

    • La catégorie Enregistrement classique de l’année nécessite trois chansons, alors qu’auparavant elle exigeait un album complet.

    • La catégorie Enregistrement de l’année – Étoile de demain nécessite une chanson, alors qu’auparavant elle exigeait un album complet.

    • La catégorie Enregistrement musique du monde de l’année nécessite trois chansons, alors qu’auparavant elle exigeait un album complet.

    • La catégorie Enregistrement R&B/soul de l’année nécessite trois chansons, alors qu’auparavant elle exigeait un album complet.

Prix de l’industrie

  • DE RETOUR EN 2023: L’AMCE est heureuse de réinstituer le prix Salle de spectacle de l’année, qui avait été suspendu pour refléter les changements dans le secteur en raison de la pandémie.

  • Le Prix de l’artiste visuel ou de l’artiste visuelle de l’année est maintenant décerné à un particulier et non à une entreprise.

For more information, please contact:

Brett MacDougall

Festival Promotions Manager

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Skyway, N.B. First Nation train next gen scaffolders – ConstructConnect Canada

January 24, 2023

Skyway Canada has announced it has formed a partnership with the Tobique First Nation of western New Brunswick to train its members in scaffolding, swing stage erection and shoring.

Skyway, which also offers engineering, erection, rope access, fireproofing and dismantling services, will work with Carpenters’ Union Local 1386 and the Tobique partnership entity called Moskwən-Way to develop the next generation of scaffolders for its ICI portfolio.

It’s Skyway’s first such partnership in New Brunswick after launching several in Western Canada.

“We are excited to develop Moskwən-Way and to be collaborating with our partners from the Tobique First Nation Development team,” said Randy Brown, regional manager of Skyway’s Atlantic region.

“We’ve been known to grow the Aboriginal business and create as many jobs as we can for the Aboriginal communities in doing so, and we’re very involved in safety and in training for the people and to be well equipped to do the job successfully.”

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