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Province of NL: Input from Consultations on Proposed Changes to Coat of Arms Act Available Online

October 18, 2021

Responses and views collected as part of consultations on proposed changes to the Newfoundland and Labrador Coat of Arms are available in a What We Heard summary.

Newfoundland and Labrador has committed to amend the legal description of the Coat of Arms Act to add ‘Labrador’ and to remove the word ‘savages’. Approximately 200 individuals participated in the consultation and almost 85 per cent of respondents agree that the legal description of the Coat of Arms should be amended to remove the word ‘savages’.

Changing the wording in the provincial Coat of Arms Act is part of an ongoing review of cultural symbols, observances and monuments.

“Respect for the culture and heritage of Indigenous peoples is an important step towards Reconciliation and building an inclusive environment in the province. Changes to the Newfoundland and Labrador Coat of Arms are a significant part of that process. We thank everyone for their input and look forward to bringing proposed amendments to the House of Assembly.”
Honourable Krista Lynn Howell
Minister of Municipal and Provincial Affairs

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Information on the Provincial Coat of Arms

News Release: Consultations Begin on Changes to the Newfoundland and Labrador Coat of Arms Legislation

Media contact
Lynn Robinson
Municipal and Provincial Affairs
709-729-5449, 691-9446
[email protected]


Duff vs. Town of New Glasgow Board of Inquiry

October 18, 2021

An independent human rights board of inquiry into the matter of Kaitlin Duff vs. the Town of New Glasgow will begin Monday, October 25, in Stellarton.

Ms. Duff alleges that the respondent discriminated against her based on gender and her ethnic, national or aboriginal origin while she was employed by the respondent.

Board chair for the inquiry is J. Walter Thompson, who is independent of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission.

The hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, 86 Lawrence Blvd., Stellarton.

Seating for members of the public and media may be limited due to physical distancing requirements. All attendees will be required to provide proof of vaccination upon arrival and follow other public health directives.


Media Contact:
Jeff Overmars
Cell: 902-719-8534 Email: [email protected]


New Brunswickers turn to social media to defy provincial directive around Indigenous land titles – CBC

Oct 17, 2021

‘I still can’t understand why they said what they did,’ says former lieutenant-governor

People across New Brunswick are taking to Twitter, Facebook and several other social media platforms to say they are on the unceded and unsurrendered territory of the Wolastoqiyik, Mi’kmaq or Peskotomuhkati.

It follows a directive in a memo by Attorney General Ted Flemming for provincial employees to stop acknowledging Indigenous land titles.

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New DFO agreement with four Mi’kmaq bands to fish within season a new step to increase commercial fisheries

Coalition calls for formal discussions on future of fishery

SHEDIAC, NB, Oct. 15, 2021  – Albeit no specific details are being released about the new fishery, the Coalition of Atlantic and Quebec Fishing Organizations recognizes a new agreement between the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and four local Mi’kmaq bands around the St-Mary’s Bay Area (Acadia, Bear River, Annapolis and Glooscap) may be a tentative positive step in advancing stability in the fishery.

“The fact that the agreement focuses effort on fishing within season and without adding to the overall effort is critically important to keeping the fishery sustainable for Indigenous and non-Indigenous commercial fishers,” said Martin Mallet, Executive Director of the Maritime Fishermen’s Union.

However, the process for the agreements, which is reshaping the management of the commercial fishery, is flawed because commercial fishing organizations are completely excluded from direct talks between Indigenous leaders and DFO.

“It is completely unacceptable to exclude commercial fishing organizations from direct talks with DFO and Indigenous leaders on the management of the fishery, given the foreseeable impacts on the fishery management and access to fisheries for all Canadians of the changes implemented by DFO across the Atlantic,” said Gordon Beaton, Gulf Nova Scotia Fleet Planning Board president. “Commercial fishing organizations must have a seat at the table on fishery management.”

“Folding the moderate livelihood within season is a positive step but the definition of what makes for a moderate livelihood for Indigenous Peoples is still undefined,” said PEIFA president Bobby Jenkins. “We need clarity on what moderate livelihood means because of confusion where some say it is only for food, social and ceremonial purposes while other believe is it much more.”

DFO also needs to be much more transparent on its long-term plans and objectives for the commercial fishery. “The process needs to be revised. Indigenous and non-indigenous communities have worked

together in the past to solve issues and collaborate in the fisheries sector. However, the current federal process is alienating communities, while Ottawa thinks it’s reconciliation. Canadians clearly want a model where everyone is around the table,” states O’Neil Cloutier, general director of the Regroupement des Pêcheurs Professionnels du Sud de la Gaspésie.

The current process remains flawed, DFO is not transparent on its end game and there is confusion on the definition of moderate livelihood. Decisions on the management of the fishery need to be both science-based, transparent and based on respectful dialogue between DFO, Indigenous leaders and commercial fishing organizations.

For more information on the activities of the Coalition, including background documents and polling on the views of Canadians visit


We are a movement of fishermen committed to a sustainable healthy fishery and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.

  • Gulf Nova Scotia Fleet Planning Board (GNSFPB)
  • Maritime Fishermen’s Union (MFU)
  • PEI Fishermen’s Association (PEIFA)
  • Regroupement des pêcheurs professionnels du sud de la Gaspésie (RPPSG)

MEDIA Coordination:

Annie Chiasson

[email protected]

+1 (506) 727-8160


New Brunswick stirs controversy, orders to stop Indigenous land acknowledgements – Global News

As New Brunswick grapples with lawsuit by First Nation communities, the province is now ordering thousands of employees not to use the words ‘unceded’ or ‘unsurrendered’, when making public acknowledgements to Indigenous lands. As Ross Lord reports, the province says it’s posturing for legal purposes – but Indigenous leaders say it’s a sign of disrespect.

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The following statement was issued today by the six chiefs of the Wolastoqey Nation in New Brunswick:

We are deeply disappointed by the Government of New Brunswick’s (GNB) new policy on territorial land acknowledgment.

The policy, which forbids GNB staff from issuing territorial or title acknowledgments, is purported to be in partial response to the Wolastoqey title claim. We were forced to file a title claim because our rights continue to be ignored by GNB. Now, in response to this, the Province seeks to further trample our rights and erase us from the history of this province.

We have unceded Aboriginal title in the province of New Brunswick. That is a historical fact that the provincial government is simply going to have to come to terms with as representatives of the Crown here in New Brunswick. The Wolastoqey Nation is not seeking the return of all of the land in its traditional territory through the title claim. We made it very clear when giving the Crown notice of our claim in October 2020 that we were not looking to displace homeowners in New Brunswick.

Rather than acknowledging the historical truth of lands within New Brunswick, GNB is issuing a gag order against its employees to stop them from speaking the truth as well. It is obvious to any rational thinkers that this prohibition is disrespectful to First Nations people. But beyond the obvious, the memo is clearly a scare tactic and speaks to an underbelly of censorship that is now on full display at GNB.

We have been very vocal in recent years about the growing disrespect of First Nations people by the government led by Blaine Higgs. His disdain for our people bears out in the government’s refusal to conduct a public inquiry into systemic racism, his shredding of our tax agreements, his aversion to implementing any of the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, his unilateral decision making without any Indigenous input, and his general confrontational attitude toward Nation-to-Nation negotiations.

Provincial governments across Canada continue to outpace New Brunswick on every front when it comes to Indigenous relations. Every other province in Canada understands that working with Indigenous communities will only work to further us as a society and is good for the Canadian economy. Higgs seems to be stuck in the dark ages. GNB should be finding ways to work with us, so that we can move forward on a Nation-to-Nation basis, instead of continuing to find ways to work against us. The messaging found in this new policy is such a massive step backwards in building a positive relationship.

While we expect this type of action from Blaine Higgs, we know New Brunswickers at large don’t agree with this Premier’s treatment of Indigenous communities. With that in mind, we encourage everyone to continue acknowledging unceded and unsurrendered territory using any wording see fit. We thank those of you that have already indicated that you will do so and look forward to working together.

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Province of NS: 18 New Cases of COVID-19, 17 Recoveries, State of Emergency Renewed

October 15, 2021

Today, October 15, Nova Scotia is reporting 18 new cases of COVID-19 and 17 recoveries.

There are 12 cases in Central Zone, three cases in Western Zone and three cases in Northern Zone.

There is community spread in Central Zone, primarily among people aged 20 to 40 who are unvaccinated and participating in social activities.

On October 14, two schools were notified of an exposure(s) at their school. As always, all staff, parents and guardians are notified of exposures if a positive case (student, teacher or staff) was at the school while infectious. A list of schools with exposures is available online:

There have been 106 cases of COVID-19 from October 7 to October 13. Of those:

  • 24 (22.6 per cent) were fully vaccinated
  • 5 (4.7 per cent) were partially vaccinated
  • 77 (72.6 per cent) were unvaccinated

There have been 5,380 cases from March 15 to October 13. Of those:

  • 290 (5.4 per cent) were fully vaccinated
  • 345 (6.4 per cent) were partially vaccinated
  • 4,745 (88.2 per cent) were unvaccinated

There were 296 people hospitalized. Of those:

  • 8 (2.7 per cent) were fully vaccinated
  • 29 (9.8 per cent) were partially vaccinated
  • 259 (87.5 per cent) were unvaccinated

Thirty-two people died. Of those:

  • 3 (9.4 per cent) were fully vaccinated
  • 3 (9.4 per cent) were partially vaccinated
  • 26 (81.3 per cent) were unvaccinated

As of today, Nova Scotia has 199 active cases of COVID-19. Of those, 14 people are in hospital, including one in ICU.

There were 29,673 rapid tests administered between October 8 and 14. This includes 4,773 rapid tests at the pop-up sites in Halifax and Dartmouth and 24,900 through the workplace screening program. Another 17,853 home rapid tests were distributed at the pop-up sites.

On October 14, Nova Scotia Health Authority’s labs completed 3,697 tests.

As of October 14, 1,543,667 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 745,517 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since August 1, there have been 1,181 positive COVID-19 cases and four deaths. Cases range in age from under 10 to over 90. There are 978 resolved cases. Cumulative cases may change as data is updated in Panorama.

The province is renewing the state of emergency to protect the health and safety of Nova Scotians and ensure safety measures and other important actions can continue. The order will take effect at noon, Sunday, October 17, and extend to noon, Sunday, October 31, unless government terminates or extends it.

Testing advice:

Nova Scotians with or without symptoms can book a test at: for COVID-19 for COVID-19 testing centres across the province. Those eligible to receive asymptomatic testing are listed at: . Those with no symptoms who do not meet the criteria are encouraged to use one of the rapid testing pop-up sites if they want to be tested. Some public health mobile unit clinics also offer drop-in testing; this will be noted in promotions.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms is advised to self-isolate and book a COVID-19 test.

Anyone advised by public health that they were a close contact needs to complete a full 14-day quarantine, regardless of test results, unless they are fully vaccinated. If they are fully vaccinated at least 14 days before the exposure date, they do not need to self-isolate as long as they are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. They should still get tested and should monitor for symptoms up to 14 days after the exposure date. If symptoms develop, they should get tested and self-isolate until they receive a negative test result.

Symptoms and self-assessment:

Nova Scotians should visit to do a self-assessment if in the past 48 hours they have had or are currently experiencing:

  • cough (new or worsening)

Or two or more of the following symptoms:

  • fever (chills, sweats)
  • headache
  • runny nose or nasal congestion
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

People should call 811 if they cannot access the online self-assessment or wish to speak with a nurse about their symptoms.

Anyone with symptoms should immediately self-isolate and book a test.

Quick Facts:

  • a state of emergency was declared under the Emergency Management Act on March 22, 2020, and has been extended to October 31, 2021

Additional Resources:

Nova Scotians can find accurate, up-to-date information, handwashing posters and fact sheets at:

More information on COVID-19 case data, testing and vaccines is available at:

More information about public health text notifications of positive COVID-19 cases and close contacts is available here:

Government of Canada: or 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)



Understanding and appreciating Mi’kmaw culture: StFX staff, students and faculty tour Mi’kmawey Debert Interpretive Trail

October 15th, 2021

With much to be learned by visiting sites of significance throughout Mi’kma’ki, a group of about 20 StFX staff, students and faculty boarded the StFX bus on Oct. 7 to broaden their knowledge and awareness during a visit to the Mi’kmawey Debert Interpretive Trail, where artist and cultural educator Gerald Gloade led a cultural presentation.

The tour was organized by the StFX Indigenous Student Affairs Office and was one of a series of events held in October to celebrate Mi’kmaq History Month.

Participants had the chance to walk along the 4.4 km trail, learning about thousands of years of history and landscapes and to understand and appreciate Mi’kmaw cultural significance from a presentation by Mr. Gloade, Program Development Officer for the Mi’kmawey Debert Cultural Centre.

StFX staff member, Campaign Director Kathleen Provost, says the experience was enriching.

“For a number of years now I have been on a mission to better understand the Canadian Indigenous culture. This side of history was not part of my upbringing. I chose to go to the Debert Interpretive Trail event because it would provide me with a new lens, with different perspective. And it did,” she says.

“Gerald was very eloquent in presenting years of research from artifacts that have been found all over Nova Scotia that clearly demonstrate how long Indigenous peoples have been living here. But the detailed methodology he shared with us about geologic formation, and the meaning behind these different geological findings was the most fascinating part.

“For me, the Debert visit reminded me how little I know about the Indigenous ways, and how much more there is to understand. I am very grateful to have had this opportunity.”

StFX student Judith Vogt says she too really enjoyed the Mi’kmawey Interpretive Trail Tour.

“I am from Germany and generally interested in different cultures. I really enjoyed the stories that Gerald was telling and thought it was super interesting that so much knowledge from Elders was transmitted into scientific studies,” she says.

“I hadn’t spent much time thinking about the heritage of rocks and sediments from different parts of Nova Scotia, and that this knowledge can help better understand where Indigenous people got materials for their tools from. I also really liked the map that Gerald was referring to. The trail was nice as well. It was a great day. I would love to hear more stories from Gerald in the future.”

Interpretive panels are located along the trail, which is open to the public year-round. The panels share the ever-growing story of the ancestral Debert sites and featuring the artwork of Dozay Christmas. They were created by the Mi’kmawey Debert Elders’ Advisory Council.

Mr. Gloade started his career working as a graphic designer for the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources’ Communications and Education Branch more than 25 years ago. The focus of his work with the province moved from forestry education and graphic art to sharing his culture and history in the landscape and environment of Mi’kma’ki with audiences of all ages. As an artist, educator and Mi’kmaw storyteller, he guides the development of visitor and educational programs for the centre. His stories and interpretations of the Kluskap legends in particular have captured many audiences.


DFO interim agreement with Mi’kmaw communities in Nova Scotia shows Ottawa’s plan working: minister – APTN News

Departing Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan says the interim agreement signed with Mi’kmaq communities indicate her approach to the lobster harvest is working, despite continuing tensions on the water.

“I think the approach we’ve taken, as demonstrated today, is working,” she said. “We have First Nations out on the water today fishing a moderate livelihood …. We have understandings in place. These are very positive signs of communities that want to work with the government of Canada.”

The Nova Scotia cabinet minister, who remains in her post until a new cabinet is named, was defeated in the Sept. 20 election, with some political scientists saying the fishing disputes in St. Marys Bay cost her votes among Mi’kmaw communities and commercial fishers.

On Wednesday, the federal fisheries department announced it had negotiated lobster fishing arrangements with the traditional Mi’kmaw district of Kespukwitk, the southern area of Nova Scotia, which includes the communities Bear River, Annapolis Valley, Acadia, and Glooscap  First Nations.

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N.B. government employees ordered not to make First Nations title acknowledgements at events – CBC

Oct 15, 2021

Staff told to instead use approved acknowledgement that excludes words ‘unceded’ and ‘unsurrendered’

New Brunswick provincial employees are no longer allowed to make territorial or title acknowledgements in reference to First Nations lands, Attorney General Ted Flemming said Thursday in a memo provoked by legal actions against the government involving Indigenous rights and land title.

Instead, the memo said employees must only use an “ancestral acknowledgement” approved by the provincial government’s protocol office.

In recent years, title acknowledgements have become a regular practice by universities, municipalities and government officials across Canada at the beginning of public events and ceremonies.

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