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Mi’kmaw educator shares history, language and culture on X for Indigenous History Month – The Coast Halifax

Jarvis Googoo posts daily educational digests for those living in Nova Scotia Mi’kmaki

It all started with Mi’kmaw History Month in 2016.

Jarvis Googoo had shared a piece of Mi’kmaw trivia each day that October. On the final day, Oct. 31–his birthday–Googoo shared a story on X, then known as Twitter, about his experience attending his cousin’s high school graduation in his home community of We’koqma’q in Unama’ki/Cape Breton, earlier that June. Significantly, June is celebrated as Indigenous History Month in Mi’kma’ki Nova Scotia and across the country, as it has been since 2009–though at the time it was called National Aboriginal History Month.

Read More: https://www.thecoast.ca/news-opinion/mikmaw-educator-shares-history-language-and-culture-on-x-for-indigenous-history-month-33063783

Atlantic Ministers concerned about the impacts of Federal Workforce Funding cuts on Atlantic Canadians

June 17, 2024

In light of the detrimental impact of the $625 million cut to Labour Market Transfer Agreements (LMTAs) on workers and employers, Atlantic Workforce Ministers met on June 6th, 2024 and are demanding the Federal Government reverse this cut.

Federal Budget 2024 brought an unexpected reduction of $625 million in workforce development programs that help people find and maintain jobs in sectors facing critical labour shortages such as construction, early learning childcare, and healthcare. These programs support persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, women and newcomers, helping them to get the training and supports necessary to secure meaningful work, while also assisting employers to meet their labour demands.

With this cut, LMTA funding will revert to pre-2017 levels at a time when inflationary costs continue to have profound impact on citizens. Provinces and Territories were not notified of this cut prior to the release of the Budget on April 16th, 2024.

Coming mostly from the Employment Insurance (EI) account that Canadian workers and employers pay into, this decision means a $62.3 million annual reduction in funding for skills training and employment initiatives in Atlantic Canada. The federal government has yet to clarify where the funding taken from LMTAs is being spent.

Atlantic Ministers highlighted the negative impact the cut to this funding will have on the 120,000 individuals and 8,500 employers and organizations that have benefitted annually from these programs throughout Atlantic Canada. Not restoring this funding will inevitably limit the region’s capacity to be responsive to current and emerging labour market opportunities and challenges. Ministers are committed to working together to ensure Atlantic Canadians have the programs and services they need to prosper here now and into the future.

Ministers also raised concern with the federal government’s misleading assertion that there are other funding sources to replace the cuts to LMTAs, such as claiming the introduction of capital gains revenues will allow provinces and territories to replace the $625 million in LMTA cuts. This statement is disingenuous, as the capital gains money will not be fully accessible until a year or longer. In the meantime, the future of essential LMTA programs and services that Canadians rely on remain in peril, with no resolution in sight.

Atlantic Ministers remain resolute with all Provincial and Territorial Ministers that worker training is a national priority under Provincial-Territorial jurisdiction and continue to advocate fiercely for workers and employers.

Media contact:
Hillary Proctor
Department of Workforce, Advanced Learning and Population
hproctor@gov.pe.ca

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Fundy National Park Management Plan Tabled in Parliament

June 17, 2024                     Alma, New Brunswick                            Parks Canada

National parks are gateways to discovering, learning about, and connecting with nature. Parks Canada is a recognized leader in conservation and takes actions to protect national parks and national marine conservation areas and contributes to the recovery of species at risk.

The management plan for Fundy National Park was tabled in Parliament recently. Reviewed every ten years, management plans are a requirement of the Canada National Parks Act and guide the management of national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas.

The updated plan for Fundy National Park outlines the following key strategies:

  • Growing and learning together with Indigenous partners in the protection and presentation of the natural and cultural values of Fundy National Park, leading to a strong cooperative management relationship.
  • Working Together to Improve Ecological Integrity and Connectivity within the park and increasing collaboration with partners toward improved ecological connectivity on a broader landscape, within the UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve.
  • Climate Resilient and Sustainable operations to ensure the long-term, high-quality delivery of the Parks Canada mandate using existing resources and assessing priority and viability of operations and infrastructure through a climate-smart lens.
  • Authentic, Sustainable, Memory-Making Experiences focused on high-quality, year-round offers, a sustainable trail network, and a fully accessible visitor experience, from planning to arrival to departure.

The 2020 State of the Park Assessment reaffirmed the overall direction set by the 2011 management plan. This direction further emphasizes active management to increase the sustainability of all park operations, maintaining and improving ecological integrity, improving relationships and collaborations with First Nations, and increasing knowledge of cultural resources.

The management plan for Fundy National Park was developed through extensive involvement and input from various people and organizations, including First Nations, partners and stakeholders, local residents, as well as visitors past and present. Through this management plan, Parks Canada will protect an important example of natural heritage in Canada, engage and collaborate with Indigenous peoples, and provide an opportunity for Canadians to experience and discover our environment in new and innovative ways.

The Fundy National Park Management Plan and consultation report are available for viewing on the Parks Canada website. To learn more about Fundy National Park, please visit the Fundy National Park website.

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Quotes

“National historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas are a source of shared pride for all Canadians. They protect our shared natural and cultural heritage, support biodiversity, and tell the stories of Canada from all perspectives. They are places where countless Canadians and visitors from around the world connect with history and discover nature every day. I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the management plan for Fundy National Park that will help shape the future of this treasured place. As the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, I applaud this collaborative effort to ensure that Fundy National Park continues to protect our shared national heritage and will be enjoyed for generations to come.”

The Honourable Steven Guilbeault,
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

“We Look forward to continuing our shared commitment with Parks Canada in the protection and conservation of Fundy National Park while sharing the wisdom passed down through generations of Mi’gmaq. By bridging the gap between ancestral knowledge and Western science, we create a stronger foundation for protecting our heritage. Through collaborative approaches, we can weave Indigenous knowledge, values, priorities, and legal principles into management decisions aimed at the protection of these treasured places.”

Rebecca Knockwood
Chief of Amlamgog First Nation and Mi’gmawe’l Tplu’taqnn Inc. Co-Chair

Quick facts

  • Fundy National Park is located in the Mi’gmaq district of Signigt’gewa’gi. Signigt’gewa’gi is a Mi’gmaq word, often referred to as ‘Siknikt’ which is translated into English as “Drainage Area”, as this was an area with many rivers and waterways that received the melt waters of the glaciers as they receded northward.
  • As a protected area, Fundy National Park acts as a core natural area in a diverse landscape consisting of human development, agricultural lands, and industrial forests. Outside the park, Fundy is known as a hub of leadership and expertise for regional freshwater ecosystem and salmon restoration.
  • Fundy National Park has been a major economic driver for the region since it opened in 1950. The Park welcomes over 300,000 visitors per year and offers a wide range of activities and experiences to help visitors connect, discover, and appreciate the natural and cultural resources found in the southern part of New Brunswick.

Associated links

Contacts

Julie Ouellette
Partnering, Engagement, and Communications Officer
Parks Canada | New Brunswick Field Unit
julie.ouellette@pc.gc.ca

Media Relations
Parks Canada
pc.media@pc.gc.ca

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Statement from Nunatsiavut Government on Yvonne Jones Comments regarding the federal court decision

June 14, 2024

The Nunatsiavut Government is deeply concerned by the inaccurate comments made on social media by Liberal Member of Parliament Yvonne Jones regarding the federal court decision involving the Nunatukavut Community Council in which she states that the court’s decision “defines and recognizes the right” of the Nunatukavut Community Council (NCC).

We wish to make it abundantly clear that the federal court very explicitly states that the NCC’s section 35 status has not been established in law in this case, or in previous court cases, and that NCC has been consistently found by the Government of Canada to not meet the legal criteria to be recognized as sec 35 peoples. Furthermore, the Nunatsiavut Government, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and other Inuit regions, and the Innu Nation, do not recognize NCC as an entity capable of asserting Inuit rights and titles.

We demand that Yvonne Jones be removed as parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Northern Affairs and to the Minister of National Defence (Northern Defence). Ms. Jones, a member of the NCC, has consistently voiced public support for NCC’s pursuit of a land claim with federal and provincial governments.

Public officials are entrusted with the responsibility of acting with accountability, impartiality and within the rule of law. Nunatsiavut believes that Ms. Jones has not met these standards in her role as a member of parliament and a parliamentary secretary due to her public comments and actions to advance the agenda of the NCC.

As one of the founding peoples of this land, we have the inherent right and duty to safeguard our territories, protect our communities, and uphold our right to self -determination. Canada must heed the unified voice of the Inuit and reject claims made by entities that do not authentically represent Inuit identity.

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Environmental Assessment Bulletin

June 14, 2024

The Honourable Bernard Davis, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, has announced the following relative to Part 10 Environmental Assessment of the Environmental Protection Act.

UNDERTAKING REGISTERED:

Terra Nova J-1 Quarry                                                       (Reg. 2313)
Proponent: J-1 Contracting Ltd.

The Proponent is proposing to construct and operate a 10.8-hectare quarry off Route 301 within the Town of Terra Nova. Development would consist of land clearing and grubbing, followed by the extraction and processing of sand and gravel via crushing and screening. The purpose of the quarry is to supply materials for asphalt production in the Clarenville area. A description of the Project can be found on the department’s website at: https://www.gov.nl.ca/ecc/env-assessment/projects-list/.

The undertaking was registered on June 13, 2024; the deadline for public comment is July 19, 2024; and the Minister’s decision is due by July 28, 2024.

Comments may be sent to: EAProjectComments@gov.nl.ca.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT REQUIRED AND ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE APPOINTED:

Kami Iron Ore Mine                                                          (Reg. 2301)
Proponent: Champion Iron Mines Ltd.

The Minister has advised the proponent that an environmental impact statement (EIS) is required for this Project. Additional information is needed to inform the Minister of the following, including, but not limited to:

    • Estimate of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions;
    • Air emissions dispersion modeling;
    • Waste and water management plans for the entire Project;
    • Updated groundwater report, including modeling;
    • Potential effects of the proposed railway route and access road in the Wahnahnish Lake protected public water supply area (PPWSA);
    • Verification of proposed power supply, location of transmission lines, substations and associated infrastructure and effects on ratepayers;
    • Alternate power supply;
    • Design of tailings management facility and water management dams;
    • Additional information on plants, animals and permafrost;
    • Potential effects on food security, traditional land use, health and community services, and other social determinants of health; and
    • Potential effects on Pike Lake and the Duley Lake Provincial Park.

An Environmental Assessment Committee (EAC) has been appointed to provide scientific and technical advice to the Minister and to draft guidelines for the proponent in preparing the EIS. The EAC includes representatives from the following provincial and federal government agencies:

  • Department of Environment and Climate Change
    • Environmental Assessment – Chair
    • Climate Change Branch
    • Pollution Prevention Division
    • Water Resources Management Division
  •  Executive Council
    • Office of Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation
    • Office of Women and Gender Equality
  • Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture
  • Department of Health and Community Services
  • Department of Immigration, Population Growth and Skills
  • Department of Industry, Energy and Technology
    • Mines Branch
    • Energy Branch
  • Department of Labrador Affairs
  • Department of Municipal and Provincial Affairs
  • Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Transport Canada

The public will be invited to provide comment on the draft guidelines. For further information on this Project, please contact Paul Carter at (709) 729-0188 or email pcarter@gov.nl.ca.

UNDERTAKINGS RELEASED:

Kings Point Storage and Repair Garage                            (Reg. 2303)
Proponent: Victor Burt

The Project is released from environmental assessment subject to the conditions as outlined in the Minister’s decision letter available on the Department’s Project web page at https://www.gov.nl.ca/ecc/projects/project-2303/.

Fox Pond ATV Trail Extension                                          (Reg. 2302)
Proponent: Cameron Hall

The Project is released from environmental assessment subject to the conditions as outlined in the Minister’s decision letter available on the Department’s Project web page at https://www.gov.nl.ca/ecc/projects/project-2302/.

Glovertown Breakwater                                                     (Reg. 2300)
Proponent: Norman Keats

The Project is released from environmental assessment subject to the conditions as outlined in the Minister’s decision letter available on the Department’s Project web page at https://www.gov.nl.ca/ecc/projects/project-2300/.

Learn more
Environmental Assessment Division
Department of Environment and Climate Change
West Block, Confederation Building
P.O. Box 8700, St. John’s, NL A1B 4J6

Environmental assessment information is available at:
https://www.gov.nl.ca/ecc/env-assessment/

https://www.gov.nl.ca/ecc/files/GUIDE-TO-THE-PROCESS_Jan-2024.pdf

Follow us on X @GovNL and @ECC_GovNL

Project comments may be sent to: EAProjectComments@gov.nl.ca

Anyone submitting comments on a Project under environmental assessment is asked to please advise the Department if they DO NOT wish to have their comments shared with the Project Proponent.
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Minister calls for reversal of labour market transfer reduction

June 14, 2024

FREDERICTON (GNB) – Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Greg Turner has joined his regional counterparts in demanding the federal government reverse a $625 million reduction in labour market transfer agreements.

This follows a recent meeting of the Atlantic Workforce Partnership, which was established by the Council of Atlantic Premiers in 2012 to help provinces prepare for changing skill requirements and labour needs.

“This decision will have a profound negative impact on our region’s ability to be responsive to current and emerging labour market opportunities and challenges,” said Turner. “We are calling on the federal government to immediately reverse this detrimental cut.”

The reduction was part of the latest federal budget.

The funding supports workforce development programs that help people find and maintain jobs in sectors facing critical labour shortages, such as construction, early learning and child care, and health care. These programs also support people with disabilities, Indigenous Peoples, women and newcomers, helping them access the training and support necessary to secure meaningful work while also assisting employers in meeting their labour force needs.

It is estimated 120,000 individuals and 8,500 employers and organizations across Atlantic Canada benefit from these programs each year. The Atlantic ministers said they were not notified of the reduction – which brings funding for these programs to pre-2017 levels – prior to the release of the budget.

The ministers said most of the funding comes from the employment insurance account Canadian workers and employers pay into, and the change will result in a $62.3 million annual reduction in skills training and employment initiatives in Atlantic Canada. As well, the ministers said the federal government has not clarified where the funding taken from these programs is being spent.

Tara Chislett, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, tara.chislett@gnb.ca.

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Community Projects to Help Seniors Stay Active

June 14, 2024

A community garden in Mahone Bay is one of 44 projects receiving funding to help older Nova Scotians live healthy, active lives.

The Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation is receiving $10,000 through the Age-Friendly Communities Grant program for its Harvest with a Cause project. It will bring local seniors and youth together to help address food insecurity by growing, harvesting and donating produce to local food banks.

“This community garden is a wonderful example of the many ways groups across the province are creating opportunities for seniors to stay active, connect with others and socialize,” said Barbara Adams, Minister of Seniors and Long-Term Care. “Seniors have so much to share. By supporting community-led efforts, the grants are helping older Nova Scotians age well and remain vibrant members of their communities.”

Designed as a multi-use community space, the garden includes wheelchair accessible pathways and a sensory garden bed – designed to stimulate one or more of the five senses – as well as a Mi’kmaw medicinal bed that allows for growing and learning about traditional plants and their uses.

This year, the government is investing more than $530,000 to support community projects ranging from seniors cooking with teens to chair yoga classes to monthly social events.

The Age-Friendly Communities Grant program provides up to $25,000 each for community-wide efforts to create age-friendly environments and promote healthy aging.

The full list of groups receiving grants this year and more information on the program are available at: https://novascotia.ca/age-friendly-grant/

Quotes:

“This funding makes a huge difference to our community garden space and allows us to be even more welcoming and inviting. We plan to create new accessible signage and host weekly gardening events that will involve local seniors and youth in the growing, maintenance and harvesting of our produce. All the produce will be donated within the community.”
— Julia LeBlanc, environmental education team lead, Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation

Quick Facts:

  • groups eligible to apply include not-for-profit organizations and co-operatives, municipalities, First Nations communities and universities
  • the Province’s accessibility strategy, Access by Design 2030, outlines how the government will achieve its goal of an accessible province by providing people with disabilities equitable access to programs, services, information and infrastructure
    Additional Resources:

Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation: https://www.coastalaction.org/

Action for Health, the government’s plan to improve the healthcare system: https://actionforhealth.novascotia.ca/

Access by Design 2030: https://novascotia.ca/accessibility/access-by-design/

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Statement from the Nunatsiavut Government on Recent Federal Court Decision Involving the Nunatukavut Community Council

June 13, 2024

Inuit across Canada, represented by Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, including the Nunatsiavut Government, along with the Innu Nation and the Assembly of First Nations, stand united in stating that Nunatukavut Community Council (NCC) members are not Inuit and do not have S.35 Indigenous rights.

We are pleased that the court was very explicit in stating that the NCC’s section 35 status has not been established in law in this case or in previous court cases. In this regard, I actually think the court’s decision supports our position.

We call on the Government of Canada to cancel the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the NCC immediately and to honour our treaty, acknowledging the true Indigenous people of this land. Failure to do so will continue to show disrespect for Inuit, our way of life, and our history.

The Nunatsiavut Government reaffirms that Nunatsiavut Inuit have been the original inhabitants of Labrador for millennia. Our heritage and presence on these lands, ice, and seas are undeniable and deeply-rooted.

The NCC, which until recently identified as a non-profit organization devoted to the Métis way of life, is now claiming Inuit identity. This shift undermines the extensive 30-year Land Claim negotiation process between the Labrador Inuit, the Government of Canada, and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, which culminated in the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement (LILCA) in 2005.

Accepting the NCC’s claim encroaches upon significant areas of the Labrador Inuit Settlement Area.
We urge the Government of Canada to definitively reject the NCC’s claim once and for all.

Johannes Lampe
President – Nunatsiavut Assembly
Government of Nunatsiavut

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Mi’kmaw Chiefs, Cabinet Meet in Millbrook

Jun 13, 2024

Premier Tim Houston, cabinet ministers and the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Chiefs held their second joint meeting today, June 13, in Millbrook.

“These meetings offer an opportunity to come together for open, honest and productive conversation on issues that matter to the Mi’kmaq and to Nova Scotia,” said Premier Houston. “We are committed to working together to advance shared priorities in the best interests of Mi’kmaw people and communities across the province.”

During the half-day meeting, provincial cabinet ministers and chiefs discussed mental health and addictions, Mi’kmaw language and culture, and economic and community development.

“It is important that as leaders in this province, we do our part to uphold the nation-to-nation relationship established centuries ago by our ancestors,” said Chief Sidney Peters, co-Chair, Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Chiefs. “It is vital to discuss important items to help us better understand the vision of where we want to go in the future and how we can do so together as treaty partners.”

Quick Facts:

  • this was the 10th joint meeting between the Mi’kmaw chiefs and cabinet
  • the first joint meeting under this government was held in June 2022
  • Mi’kmaq is recognized in legislation as Nova Scotia’s first language; the Province is working with Mi’kmaw leaders and educational and other institutions to develop a strategy to revitalize the language
  • on May 30, the government and Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey signed a new five-year Mi’kmaq Education Agreement
  • in July 2023, Nova Scotia hosted the North American Indigenous Games, welcoming more than 5,000 athletes, coaches and supporters to the province

Additional Resources:

Treaty Education Nova Scotia: https://novascotia.ca/treaty-education/index.html

News release – Province Renews Commitment to Mi’kmaw Students: https://news.novascotia.ca/en/2024/05/30/province-renews-commitment-mikmaw-students

News release – Legislation Enshrines Mi’kmaq as Nova Scotia’s First Language: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20220407003

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Report finds Colorado was built on $1.7 trillion of land expropriated from tribal nations – National Post

Jun 14, 2024

A report published this week by a Native American-led nonprofit examines in detail the dispossession of $1.7 trillion worth of Indigenous homelands in Colorado by the state and the U.S. and the more than $546 million the state has reaped in mineral extraction from them.

The report, shared first with The Associated Press, identifies 10 tribal nations that have “aboriginal title, congressional title, and treaty title to lands within Colorado” and details the ways the land was legally and illegally taken. It determined that many of the transactions were in direct violation of treaty rights or in some cases lacked title for a legal transfer.

“Once we were removed, they just simply started divvying up the land, creating parcels and selling it to non-Natives and other interests and businesses,” said Dallin Maybee, an artist, legal scholar and enrolled member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe who took part in the Truth, Restoration, and Education Commission, which compiled the report.

Read More: https://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/report-finds-colorado-was-built-on-1-7-trillion-of-land-expropriated-from-tribal-nations

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