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The following is distributed by the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI
 
For Immediate Release
 
PEI Mi’kmaq Chiefs object to the sale of Mill River Crown Land
 
Charlottetown PEI,  --- January 12, 2017

 

The Mi’kmaq First Nation Governments of Abegweit and Lennox Island are shocked and thoroughly disappointed to hear that the Provincial Government is proceeding with the sale of the Provincial Crown Land that includes the Mill River Golf Course and Mill River Provincial Park. The First Nations have repeatedly stated, both verbally and through formal correspondence, the objection of the PEI Mi’kmaq to the conveyance of the over 400 acres of Provincial Crown land. On several occasions the Mi’kmaq Governments have advised the Province that a sale would impact negatively on the constitutionally protected Aboriginal and Treaty rights of the Mi’kmaq People. In addition, the Mi’kmaq have asserted Aboriginal title to all of Prince Edward Island...TO CONTINUE 

 

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10 Jan 2016

The Chiefs and Councillors of the Lennox Island and Abegweit First Nations (the Board of Directors of the Mi'kmaq Confederacy) meet with the Provincial Cabinet in Charlottetown to discuss matters of importance to PEI's Indigenous population.

 

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09 Dec 2016

 

Chief Brian Francis and Chief Matilda Ramjattan with Premier Wade MacLauchlan and AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde at the First Ministers meeting on climate change in Ottawa

 

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The following is distributed by the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI.
                                                                                                                                                           
 
Bonshaw trail naming honours Mi’kmaq heritage
 
Bonshaw, Prince Edward Island, November 21, 2016 – The traditions and history of Prince Edward Island’s First Nations will be recognized with the naming of the main trail at the newly-expanded Bonshaw Provincial Park.
 
Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy Minister Paula Biggar joined Chief Brian Francis of Abegweit First Nation and Chief Matilda Ramjattan of Lennox Island First Nation to officially designate the park’s main trail as Ji'ka'we'katik Trail – after the traditional Mi’kmaq name for the West River. Ji’ka’we’katik means “the place where bass are plentiful” in Mi’kmaq...To CONTINUE
 
 

 

 

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The following is distributed by the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI
 
Charlottetown PEI,  --- November 8, 2016
 
Minister Carolyn Bennett visits PEI for Annual Leadership Meeting
 
Federal Minister meets with PEI Mi’kmaq Chiefs and Premier MacLauchlan to discuss issues of importance to PEI First Nations
 
The leaders from the three orders of government with responsibility for Indigenous issues on Prince Edward Island met this week in Charlottetown.
 
Lead representatives from Federal, Provincial and Indigenous governments meet annually to review their Partnership Agreement and discuss issues of shared importance such as Aboriginal and treaty tights, land and resource use, joint initiatives and the enhancement of programs and services for the Aboriginal population of Prince Edward Island.
 
“It was a pleasure to welcome Minister Bennett to Prince Edward Island, introduce her to our communities and share our concerns,” said Chief Brian Francis of the Abegweit First Nation. “Both Minister Bennett and Premier MacLauchlan demonstrated a sincere interest in addressing Indigenous issues on Prince Edward Island.”
 
After meeting with Premier MacLauchlan, who is also Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs, Minister Bennett embarked on a tour of environmental and business enterprises on the Scotchfort Reserve with Chief Francis and Chief Ramjattan.
 
 “We welcome the renewed spirit of partnership with the Government of Canada,” said Chief Matilda Ramjattan of Lennox Island First Nation. “It is our hope that these initial talks and a strengthened relationship will lead to increased investments in critical community-level programs and the advancement of our rights as the Island’s Indigenous people.”
 
Chief Ramjattan and Chief Francis are the co-Chairs of the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI, an organization established to advance the Aboriginal and treaty rights of the PEI Mi’kmaq and whose role includes representing the Island’s First Nations in matters related to Intergovernmental Affairs, and advancing outcomes for their community members, on and off Reserve.
 
 For more information: Don MacKenzie, 902-626-2882, dmackenzie@mcpei.ca

                                                       Visit our web site at http://www.mcpei.ca/ 

 

 

 

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The following is distributed by the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI
 
October 26, 2016
 
For Immediate Release           
    
Cavendish Farms Supports the Fish Friends Program on Prince Edward Island
 
Mount Stewart, PE - Cavendish Farms has donated $35,000 to the Abegweit Conservation Society in support of their Fish Friends program. This donation will support the education of Prince Edward Island youth on the production of local fish species and stream enhancement.
 
“Cavendish Farms continues to support the Fish Friends program because educating our youth on conservation of natural habitats and biodiversity is fundamental to the protection of our environment for future generations,” said Robert K. Irving, president of Cavendish Farms. “We are proud to support the Abegweit Conservation Society and the programs they provide to help create a sustainable future.”
 
The Fish Friends program allows elementary schools in the province to get involved in the process of aquaculture. Each participating school is provided 100 salmon eggs and a curriculum. The program provides the equipment, including a fish tank, filter and chiller to house the salmon eggs until they hatch. Once hatched, a field trip is planned for fish release into local rivers. Last year more than a dozen schools participated in the program.
 
"Abegweit First Nation is pleased to partner with Cavendish Farms on this very important program in the schools," said Chief Brian Francis. "The program teaches important environmental concepts that the youth will carry with them for the rest of their lives."
 
About the Abegweit Conservation Society
 
An arm of the Abegweit First Nation, the Abegweit Conservation Society is a Canadian registered charity focused on the protection and conservation of Prince Edward Island’s natural resources. Founded on a 10,000-year Aboriginal history of nurturing the land, water and air, they empower Islanders and Island communities to steward the precious environments.
 
For more information on the Abegweit Conservation Societyvisit www.abegweitconservation.com.
 
For more information please contact:
 
Chief Brian Francis, Abegweit First Nation
(902) 676-2353                   bfrancis@mcpei.ca
 
Wayne McDonald, Vice President, Corporate Relations, J.D. Irving, Limited                
(506) 852-7363                   Mcdonald.Wayne@jdirving.com
 
Visit our web site at http://www.mcpei.ca/

 

 

Robert K. Irving, President of Cavendish Farms, presents a cheque of $35,000 to the Abegweit Conservation Society. Picture from left to right are Roger Sark, Natural Resource Director of Abegweit First Nation, Chief Brian Francis of Abegweit First Nation, Robert Irving, President of Cavendish Farms, Todd Knockwood, Hatchery Technician at Abegweit Conservation Society and Wayne McDonald, Vice President of Corporate Relations, J.D. Irving, Limited.

 
 

 

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The following statement is issued on behalf of the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI:

 
 
October 18, 2016
 
The Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI has received a request from Premier MacLauchlan, the first such request, that MCPEI waive its client privilege and provide the Auditor General access to relevant legal files at McInnes Cooper regarding efforts to regulate E-gaming, subject to legally binding non-disclosure agreements.
 
In the spirit of cooperation and transparency, MCPEI has notified its solicitors, McInnes Cooper, that it will permit the release of relevant files to the Auditor General with the exception of information related to 3rd party non-disclosure agreements*.
 
Both Chief Francis and Chief Ramjattan welcome the opportunity to provide the Auditor General with relevant information and  look forward to any updates that she may provide to the public and the Public Accounts Committee.
 
 
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*Non-disclosure agreements are legally binding contracts that prohibit the release of any information disclosed or discussed with third parties. There were several third parties negotiating with the Province and MCPEI in relation to being licensed pursuant to an EGaming regulatory framework. These corporations provided propriatary information that must, by law, be protected.  
 
For more information:
 

902-626-2882 

 

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For Immediate Release -- August 16, 2016

 
The following is distributed by the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI
 

Annual Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI Pow Wow begins today in Charlottetown

 
Charlottetown PE,  --- August 16, 2016
 
The Annual Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI Pow Wow begins today - Tuesday, August 16th - at Confederation Landing Park in Charlottetown! The "Grand Entry" and Opening Ceremonies begin at 1:00 p.m. and the celebration continues throughout the afternoon. A feast for participants begins at 5:00 p.m.
 
Our Host Drum is "Indian Bay," and we will be highlighting the traditional dancing of Host Dancers Junior Herney and Kate Jadis.
 
The second day of the Pow Wow is on Wednesday, also beginning at 1:00 p.m. 
 
Many artisans and vendors will be present on site.
 
All members of the public are welcome! 
 
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For more information contact:
 
Taylor Dumais
Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI 
902-303-1502 | tdumais@mcpei.ca
 
Visit our web site at http://www.mcpei.ca/
 

  

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10 August 2016

Shocked and Disappointed

City council rejects development proposal by Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI

As the leaders of the two Mi'kmaq Governments on Prince Edward Island - the Abegweit and Lennox Island First Nations - we want to set the record straight about a proposed new building on the Charlottetown waterfront. The Band Councils of Lennox Island and Abegweit are the duly elected representatives of their respective members. Contrary to a mistaken view set out in an opinion letter in the Guardian last week, the Band Councils represent all their members, both on and off reserve. This has been confirmed by the Supreme Court of Canada. The two Band Councils are the formal representatives of the Mi'kmaq citizens of Prince Edward Island, they are the leaders of the Mi'kmaq Nation in this territory. The Band Councils, collectively, also form the Board of Directors of the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI. The Confederacy is a multi-functioning not for profit organization that serves as the common voice of the two First Nations, and strives to improve outcomes for the indigenous Mi'kmaq population. It also offers services to benefit the Aboriginal community as a whole...TO CONTINUE

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The Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI congratulates participants in the Lennox Island First Nation Election; Chief Matilda Ramjattan Re-elected

Charlottetown PEI,  --- June 11, 2016

The Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI is congratulating the participants in the Lennox Island First Nation election, held June 11, 2016.  In particular, the Confederacy welcomes the re-election of Chief Matilda Ramjattan to her 2nd term in government, as well as newly elected on Reserve Councillors Janet Banks and Gerry Thomas, and off Reserve Councillor Mary Moore-Phillips, who was re-elected...TO CONTINUE

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5 June 2016

 

The Board of Directors and Staff of the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI congratulate Mi'kmaw Elder John Joe Sark on receiving the Order of PEI 

For more information, Please CLICK HERE

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11 May 2016

 

Book on the Significance of First Nations Traditions and Elders to be included in Welcome to Kindergarten Bags

Charlottetown PE,  --- May 10, 2016

Youth entering kindergarten this coming fall will receive a copy of “Why Do You Smudge, Mishoomis?,” a book that teaches about significance of Elders in First Nations culture, as well as the respect for traditional knowledge; in particular, the importance of the Smudging Ceremony.

The books will be included in the “Welcome to Kindergarten Bags” distributed to families of preschoolers entering Kindergarten by The Learning Partnership...TO CONTINUE

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19 Feb 2016 

 

Mi'kmaq Confederacy partners with UPEI Climate Research Lab for Coastal Impacts Project 

The Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI is a partner in this $252, 000 First Nation initiative. Two of our First Nations are particularly susceptible to rising sea levels and erosion: Lennox Island and Rocky Point. Climate change carries other risks to First Nation Coastal communities such as flooding and contamination of drinking water. There are also threats to Aboriginal archaeological sites around the Island.
 
Don MacKenzie, Executive Director, MCPEI, states, “The First Nations of PEI depend strongly on the coast, and on marine resources, especially the fisheries. One of our communities is a small Island, and it is crucial for us to develop approaches to deal with a wide range of marine hazards, from storm surges to sea level rise. We look forward enthusiastically to the benefits this project brings to all our communities.”
 
Through this and other projects, we have engaged in cutting edge research which can be used in the future for all coastal communities in PEI. As well, over $400, 000 has been provided by the NAC Climate Change Adaptation Program to provide adaptation plans for PEI First Nations.
 
Climate Change impacts all Aboriginal peoples in the same manner all Islanders are impacted

 

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26 Jan 2016

For Immediate Release                                                                                        January 26, 2016

                                                                                                                                                           

The following is distributed by the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI

 

                 Commission Finds Flawed and Inequitable Services to

            First Nations Children and Families; PEI Chiefs Demand Action

 

In a landmark ruling released today, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal found the federal government is discriminating against 163,000 First Nations children and their families. The Tribunal found that the government is discriminating by providing flawed and inequitable child welfare services and by failing to implement Jordan’s Principle, which is intended to resolve jurisdictional disputes and ensure equitable access to government services for First Nations children that are available to other children...TO CONTINUE

 

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For Immediate Release                                                                      December 15, 2015

The following is distributed by the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI

 

PEI Mi’kmaq Chiefs comment on the release of final report from the

Truth and Reconciliation Commission

 

Charlottetown PE, --- December 15, 2015

 The Chiefs of PEI’s Mi’kmaq Governments are recognizing the release of the full report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Chaired by Justice Murray Sinclair, the Report contains 94 recommendations aimed at addressing the impacts of the government policies on Canada’s Aboriginal people. The recommendations within the report were released on June 2nd...TO CONTINUE

 

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December 14, 2015

Charlottetown, PEI

The Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI is congratulating Mary Moore-Phillips on her success in the Lennox Island First Nation Band Council By-election held on Saturday, December 12.

“On behalf of MCPEI, I would to like congratulate Mary on her election to Council,” said Don MacKenzie, Executive Director of MCPEI...TO CONTINUE

 

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For Immediate Release                                                                                                  December 9, 2015

The following is distributed by the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI

PEI Mi’kmaq Chiefs optimistic about a renewed relationship with the Government of Canada

Gatineau, PQ, December 9, 2015 ---

PEI Mi’kmaq Chiefs are expressing optimism after hearing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speak at the Assembly of First Nations Special Chiefs Assembly in Gatineau, Quebec, yesterday.

“The Prime Minister pledged a total renewal of the relationship between Canada and the First Nations peoples,” said Chief Brian Francis of Abegweit First Nation. “We are optimistic that we can make progress on a relationship that honours and respects the constitutionally-guaranteed rights of First Nations - a relationship that recognizes that the respect of rights, treaties and jurisdictions is an obligation not a choice.”...TO CONTINUE

 

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16 Nov 2015

Aboriginal Mentorship Program MOU signed between MCPEI and Prov of PEI

Photo courtesy of Government of PEI; For other PHOTOS click HERE

 

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November 10, 2015

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

The following is distributed by the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI

 

  Exhibition on PEI Mi'kmaq launches @ Acadian Museum of P.E.I. 

 Summerside, PEI, November 10, 2015 ---

 

This Thursday, an award-winning exhibition on the history of the Mi'kmaq of Prince Edward Island will be launching at the Acadian Museum of P.E.I.

The launch will be celebrated at a public event at the Acadian Museum on Thursday, November 12 at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome to attend the opening.

Ni’n na L’nu – The Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island was developed by the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI with funding and assistance from Parks Canada, Canadian Heritage and the Government of Prince Edward Island.

Ni'n na L'nu (pronounced "neen na ul noo") means "I am one of the people." The exhibit was first launched at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in August 2013, and has since been staged at Greenwich, Prince Edward Island National Park and the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, PQ - the most visited museum in Canada.

The companion book of the same name, authored by Jesse Francis and A.J.B. Johnston, recently won the Best Atlantic-Published Book Award at the 2014 Atlantic Book Awards and also won the 2014 PEI Book Award for Non-fiction. The book is published in English and French. The exhibit is fully bilingual.

Ni’n na L’nu – The Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island will be on display at the Acadian Museum of P.E.I. from November 12, 2015 to May 2016.

The Acadian Museum of P.E.I. is open Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. During the off season, admission is free.

 

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For background on Ni'n na L'nu and interviews on the Book and Exhibition:

 

Jesse Francis: 902-439-5220, jfrancis@mcpei.ca

 

For information on the Acadian Museum of P.E.I, call (902) 432-2880

 

 

                                          Visit our web site at http://www.mcpei.ca/

 
 

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PEI provincial Cabinet meets with representatives of PEI's Mi'kmaq governments in New London

The provincial Cabinet today met with representatives of PEI's Mi'kmaq governments in New London as part of government’s ongoing commitment to engage with Islanders and work cooperatively with First Nation communities.
 
This was the third Annual Leadership Meeting between Mi'kmaq leadership and the Provincial Cabinet.
 
“As a Government we will continue to strengthen relationships with the aboriginal people of this province,” said Premier Wade MacLauchlan, who is Minister Responsible for Aboriginal Affairs...To CONTINUE
 
For PHOTOS CLICK HERE

 

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For Immediate Release                                                                                          August 21, 2015
                                                                                                                                                           
The following is distributed by the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI
 
Redfeather Natural Products Sponsors Michael Thomas Race Day;
Company founded by Michael Thomas’ Grandson
 
Charlottetown PE,  --- August 21, 2015
Organizers of Michael Thomas Race Day are pleased to announce that Redfeather Natural Products will be the gold sponsor of this year’s event. Red Feather, a company founded by Michael Thomas’ Grandson Tim Thomas, is a maker of natural pain relief products.
The Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI and the Town of Stratford are presenting a multi-distance running event to be held on September 19, 2015. The event will consist of a 1-km Kids Fun Run, a 5-km Fun Run and Walk, and a 10-mile road race - a distance that was Michael Thomas’ specialty. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., the first race starts at 8:30.
The $2500 sponsorship from Redfeather Natural Products will be used to support the free youth event, to maintain a lower cost of entry, to provide cash prizes to the winners in the 10-mile race and to benefit the PEI Aboriginal Sports Circle.
“Michael Thomas specialized in the 10-mile race,” said Craig MacDougall from the PEI Aboriginal Sports Circle, “Redfeather wishes to help us develop Michael Thomas Race Day into a draw for some elite 10-mile runners by providing some cash prizes to the fastest male and female runners.”
Michael Thomas won The Charlottetown Patriot 10-miler in 1909, 1910 and 1911, as well as the Halifax Herald-Mail Ten Mile Road Race in 1910, 1911 and 1912. In 1912, Thomas won the Halifax race before an audience of over 35,000 people.
The top 3 finishers from each of the Men’s and Women’s categories in the Michael Thomas Race Day’s 10-mile Road Race will receive prizes of  $350 (first), $150 (second) and $100 (third).
“Because of this sponsorship we will also be able to maintain the cost of entry at the Early Bird rate,” said Race Director Nicole Herbert. “We are also hoping to make a small contribution to the PEI Aboriginal Sports Circle out of the proceeds.”
“We would like to thank Redfeather for this generous contribution,” said Herbert.
The PEI Aboriginal Sports Circle coordinates efforts to get Island Aboriginal Youth Active in Sports.
Registration costs are $30 for the 5 KM Fun Run and Walk, $45 for the 10-Miler and the youth event is free.
The first 100 registered will receive a replica Abegweit Athletic Association Running Singlet as worn by Michael Thomas.
Details of the Michael Thomas Race Day can be found HERE
 
For more information contact
Craig MacDougall
PEI Aboriginal Sports Circle
cmacdougall@mcpei.ca
902-436-5101
 
Nicole Herbert, Race Director
Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI
nherbert@mcpei.ca
902-626-2882
 
                                          Visit our web site at http://www.mcpei.ca/
 
 
 
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For Immediate Release                                                                                                 July 9, 2015           
The following is distributed by the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI
Race Day to Celebrate the Legacy of Michael Thomas
Stratford PE,  --- July 9, 2015
The great Mi’kmaq runner, Michael Thomas, will soon be celebrated with an annual race day. The Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI and the Town of Stratford are presenting a multi-distance running event to be held on September 19, 2015. The event will consist of a 1-km Kids Fun Run, a 5-km Fun Run and Walk, and a 10-mile road race - a distance that was Thomas’ specialty.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the PEI Aboriginal Sports Circle, an organizationdedicated to promoting physical activity among all Aboriginal people on PEI with a special focus on youth.
“This event honours one of PEI’s athletic heroes and a Mi’kmaq icon,” said Chief Matilda Ramjattan of Lennox Island First Nation. “An event infusing the joy of running with Mi’kmaq culture is a great way to celebrate the legacy of Michael Thomas.”
All advance registrants will receive a replica of the Abegweit Amateur Athletics Association running singlet worn by Michael Thomas. There will be many unique prizes and a showcase of traditional Mi’kmaq food and culture.
All events will be officially timed by Ready2Race, a PEI-based race timing company. All distances will be certified and the event will conform with RunCanada minimum age requirements.
Both the 5-km and 10-mile routes will incorporate the bronze statue of Michael Thomas placed on the Stratford Waterfront by the Town in October 2014.
“We are pleased to partner with MCPEI to recognize one of Stratford’s most famous residents,” said Stratford Mayor David Dunphy. “The Michael Thomas Race Day will provide us with the chance to celebrate his accomplishments, while demonstrating what a vibrant, energetic and diverse community Stratford has become.”
Michael Thomas was inducted into the PEI Sports Hall of Fame in 1980. He remains Prince Edward Island’s greatest ever distance runner.
“I am happy to partner with the Town of Stratford on this event,” said Chief Brian Francis of Abegweit First Nation, “and I am particularly pleased that some descendants of Michael Thomas have been engaged in the event and will be participating.”
Organizers are finalizing event sponsors and there will be more exciting event details to come!
Details of the Michael Thomas Race Day and frequent updates can be found on FACEBOOK and HERE
 
For more information contact:
 



Craig MacDougall
PEI Aboriginal Sports Circle
cmacdougall@mcpei.ca
902-436-5101
 
Nicole Herbert, Race Director
Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI
nherbert@mcpei.ca
902-626-2882



Visit our web site at http://www.mcpei.ca/

 

 

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For Immediate Release                                                                                             June 19, 2015

                                                                                                                                                           
 
The following is distributed by the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI
 
 
National Aboriginal Day Celebrations to feature award-winning Metis fiddler
 
Charlottetown PE,  --- June 19, 2015
Award-winning Metis fiddler Alex Lamoureux will be the featured performer at National Aboriginal Day celebrations on Lennox Island, Saturday, June 20.
National Aboriginal Day is a day set aside to explore and celebrate the cultural traditions of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples. On Prince Edward Island, we showcase and celebrate the heritage and culture of the Island’s Indigenous people, the Mi’kmaq.  

This year is the 11th annual National Aboriginal Day celebration hosted by the Mi’kmaq Confederacy  of PEI. This free, family friendly event is open to the public and, for the first time, is being held on Lennox Island First Nation!...To CONTINUE

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Attending the swearing in ceremony for MLA's

Lieutenant Governor H. Frank Lewis; Premier MacLauchlan; Chief Ramjattan and Councillors; MLA Paula Biggar 

For more PHOTOS, Please CLICK HERE  

 

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For Immediate Release                June 2, 2015
 
The following is distributed by the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI
 

TRC Report a Call-to-Action;

PEI Chiefs recognize the release of report on impact of residential schools

 
Charlottetown PE,  --- June 2, 2015
 
The Chiefs of PEI’s Mi’kmaq Governments are recognizing the release of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Chaired by Justice Murray Sinclair, the Report contains 94 recommendations aimed at addressing the impacts of the government policies on Canada’s Aboriginal people.

“Governments must act on these recommendations and begin the process of rebuilding the relationship between our country and our Aboriginal people,” said Chief Brian Francis of Abegweit First Nation. “The Commission has shown us a path forward. As a nation, we must take that path.”..To CONTINUE

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For Immediate Release                                                                                May 26, 2015                                                                                                                                                           

The following is distributed by the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI

 MCPEI revitalizes charity golf tournament to benefit PEI Aboriginal Sports Circle

Charlottetown PE,  --- May 26, 2015 

When the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI (MCPEI) holds its annual charity golf tournament in September, they will be presenting a unique cultural experience and all funds raised will be directed toward a special cause: the PEI Aboriginal Sports Circle. 

The 7th Annual MCPEI Charity Golf Tournament will be held at Fox Meadow Golf Club in Stratford on September 11, 2015.  

This year’s event will be a golf tournament like no other! For one day Fox Meadow Golf Club will be the site of Mi’kmaq cultural demonstrations, dancing and drumming, as well as unique contests and prizes. A banquet held after the event will feature more entertainment and some traditional Mi’kmaq foods...To CONTINUE 

 

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As published in The Guardian                                                              19 May 2015

 

 Welcoming Aboriginal Awareness Week on P.E.I.

More understanding needed between Islanders and the Island’s indigenous people

Today marks the beginning of Aboriginal Awareness Week. Since 1992, the four days following Victoria Day have become a week to honour and promote greater knowledge of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples and cultures.

 

Here on Prince Edward Island, we have a great deal of work to do in order to establish a greater understanding of Prince Edward Island's indigenous people — the Mi'kmaq...To CONTINUE

 

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19 May 2015

 

In celebration of Aboriginal Awareness Week:

 

 

 

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 For Immediate Release                                                                                                May 7, 2015

                                                                                                                                                           

 

The following is distributed by the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI

The Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI congratulates participants in Abegweit First Nation Election; Chief Brian Francis Re-elected

Charlottetown PE, --- May 7, 2015

 

The Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI is congratulating the participants in the Abegweit First Nation election, held May 7, 2015.  In particular, MCPEI welcomes the re-election of Chief Brian Francis to his 3rd term in government, as well as Councillor Daren Knockwood for his 2nd term. Jacob Jadis has been elected for his first term as Councillor. 

The new Council assumes office in August.

“On behalf of MCPEI, I would like congratulate Chief Francis, Councillor Knockwood and incoming Councillor Jadis on their successful election, “said Don MacKenzie, Executive Director of MCPEI. “And to all who put their names forward, you are to be commended for taking part in the democratic process.”

“I would like to welcome newly elected Councillor Jadis to the Board of the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI,” said Co-Chair Chief Matilda Ramjattan. “I look forward to working with him, Chief Francis and Councillor Knockwood, as we seek improved outcomes for the Mi’kmaq people of Prince Edward Island. I would like to thank Councillor Danny Levi for his years of service to the Mi’kmaq people and his valuable contributions to our organization.”

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For more information contact:

 

Don MacKenzie: 902-626-2882, dmackenzie@mcpei.ca

 

 

                                          Visit our web site at http://www.mcpei.ca/

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5 April 2015 

Mi'kmaq Confederacy to host Mi'kmaq Cultural Day at Summerside Lobster Festival

  

 

 

For more information: CLICK HERE 

 

 

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For Immediate Release                                                                                      March 24, 2015                                                                                                                                                     
The following is distributed by the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI
 
PEI Mi’kmaq Chiefs congratulate new Native Council President Lisa Cooper
Summerside PE,  --- March 23, 2015
 
The Chiefs of PEI’s two Mi’kmaq governments are congratulating Lisa Cooper on her election as President of the Native Council of Prince Edward Island. 
The Native Council of PEI plays an important role in advocating on behalf of its members respecting the interest of off-reserve and non-status Aboriginal people - including some members of PEI’s two First Nations. The Council provides some important services to their membership;  most notably their delivery of off-reserve housing programs...To CONTINUE
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 06 Mar 2015
 
Statement by the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI regarding efforts to regulate online gaming
 
Charlottetown, PEI, March 6, 2015 ---
 
In 2009, the PEI First Nations, through MCPEI, entered into a partnership with the Provincial Government of PEI to explore the regulation of online gaming.
The object was to license and regulate gaming companies to ensure protection of the playing public. The revenues from licensing fees would have gone toward our chronically underfunded social programs. 
This was an effort to regulate an unregulated industry...To CONTINUE
 
 
 
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Family Violence Prevention Week 2015: Wear Purple Day!
 
  
 Our Summerside staff Wear Purple!                                    Our Charlottetown staff Wear Purple!
 
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26 Jan 2015
Chiefs meet with Wade MacLauchan 
 
 
Chief Matilda Ramjattan and Chief Brian Francis met today with next PEI Premier, Wade MacLauchlan. A beautiful handcrafted gift was presented to MacLauchlan at the informal meeting, which took place at the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI office in Charlottetown. 
 
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Media Advisory: The following is distributed by the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI

Attention News Editors:
 
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
 
December 16, 2014
 
On  Wednesday, December 17th, the staff of the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI will be delivering their annual gift of Christmas Turkeys to all Elder members of Abegweit and Lennox Island First Nations, living on and off Reserve.
 
Every year MCPEI staff donate over $3200 through payroll deductions to purchase 100 turkeys as a gift to all Band Members over the age of 55. Staff then deliver the turkeys directly to the door of all recipients. This year’s gift marks the 7th anniversary of this staff tradition...To CONTINUE
 
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For Immediate Release                                                                    December 11, 2014
                                                                                                                                   
The following is distributed by the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI
 
PEI Chiefs Congratulate new National Chief Perry Bellegarde
 
Charlottetown, PEI, December 11, 2014 ---
 
The Chiefs of Prince Edward Island’s Mi’kmaq governments are congratulating Perry Bellegarde on his election as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations...TO CONTINUE
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 28 Nov 2014
The following is distributed by the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI
 
Statement by the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI regarding Initiative to Regulate Online Gaming
 
Charlottetown, PEI, November 28, 2014 ---
 
The Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI is clarifying its role in an initiative to regulate online gaming.
 
“The topic of our involvement in efforts to give PEI a substantial role in the regulation of online gaming in Canada has been much discussed in the Legislature and in the media,” said MCPEI Executive Director, Don MacKenzie. “It is important that the public have a clear understanding of our role as a partner in this initiative.”..To CONTINUE
 
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13 Nov 2014
Statement by the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI regarding Report Card on Child and Family Poverty:
Charlottetown, PEI, November 25, 2014 ---
This year marks 25 years since the unanimous House of Commons’ resolution to end child poverty in Canada. This year’s Report Card shows that Child Poverty remains a significant issue for all Canadians. 
 
In particular, the Report highlights the disproportionate level of Child Poverty among Aboriginal Canadians and, in particular First Nation Canadians living on-reserve.....To CONTINUE
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13 Nov 2014
Statement by MCPEI regarding Hon. Robert Ghiz; Premier responsible for significant advancements in PEI-First Nation relations 
Summerside, PEI, November 13, 2014 
The Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI is recognizing the significant advancements in PEI-First Nations relations made under the leadership of Premier Robert Ghiz. Premier Ghiz has served as Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs....To CONTINUE
 
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Media Advisory:
The following is distributed by the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI
Election of the AFN Regional Chief for NB/PEI will be held in Charlottetown today, November 6, 2014
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
November 6, 2014
  • The election of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Regional Chief for New Brunswick and PEI will be held in Charlottetown today, November 6, 2014;
  • This is the first time that the Regional Chief election has been held on PEI
Today, Thursday, November 6th, the Assembly of First Nations will be holding their election for Regional Chief NB-PEI at the Delta Prince Edward at 4:00 p.m.
The Regional Chief NB-PEI is one of 10 Regional Chiefs and sits on the Executive Committee of the Assembly of First Nations. Regional Chiefs are elected every three years by Chiefs in their regions...To CONTINUE
 
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For Immediate Release                                                                                       October 30, 2014           
 
The following is distributed by the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI
 PEI First Nation Chiefs Join Mission to China
Charlottetown, PEI, October 30, 2014 ---
PEI First Nation Chiefs, Brian Francis and Matilda Ramjattan, have joined Canada's Premiers in their trade mission to China. The mission is led by PEI Premier Robert Ghiz, who is also Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs...ToCONTINUE
 
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Opinion Editorial                                                                                                                                                              
The following is distributed by the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI 
Understanding First Nation and Mi’kmaq Governance
by Don MacKenzie, October 28, 2014
Charlottetown PE 
Throughout the month of October, the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI is trying to promote a greater understanding of the indigenous people of Epekwitk (Prince Edward Island); including their history, culture and governance structures. Governance and the nature of Aboriginal Organizations, in particular, are not well understood by the general public, other orders of government or the media. So, we believe that it is essential to set out some basic facts in order to establish a better understanding of this topic...To CONTINUE
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 24 Oct 2014
Veterans Tribute on at the Confederation Centre of the Arts, Sunday, 26 Oct, in the afternoon
While all the tickets have been sold, there will be numerous displays in their Memorial Hall after the performance. Please drop by and visit our booth showcasing Mi'kmaq Veterans. 
Please CLICK HERE for more information
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23 Oct 2014
Mi'kmaq Culture and History Panels on Display
Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI, with the excellent assistance of Graphcom Group PEI and KKP Design and Print Centre, has created a series of nine panels depicting the millennia the Mi'kmaq have spent on PEI. Proudly unveiled during the Connecting Aboriginal Cultures Pow wow at UPEI, the panels are now on display in the Shaw Building, 95-105 Rochford Street, Charlottetown, until the end of November 2014. Drop by and see the panels for yourself!
 
 
Photos courtesy of Patricia Bourque and MCPEI Staff members
For more PHOTOS please CLICK HERE
 
 
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20 Oct 2014
Photos of Michael Thomas Statue Unveiling in Stratford, PE
 
 
More PHOTOS can be found HERE and HERE
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20 Oct 2014
Photos of the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI 2014 Annual Gathering 
 
More Photos can be found HERE and HERE
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20 Oct 2014

Closing Arguments in the First Nations Child Welfare Case being today:

#Witness4FirstNationsKids

After more than a year of hearings, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal will hear closing arguments in the First Nations child welfare case on October 20-24, 2014.   

The case will set an important precedent for addressing inequitable Federal Government service delivery to First Nations peoples in other areas such as education, health, housing, and water...To CONTINUE

 
 
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14 Oct 2014
Photos of our N'in na L'nu: The Mi'kmaq of Prince Edward Island exhibit opening 
 
For more PHOTOS please CLICK HERE
 
For Immediate Release                                                                                       October 10, 2014
                                                                                                                                                           
The following is distributed by the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI
 
Exhibition on PEI Mi'kmaq launches @ Canadian Museum of History;Award winning book published in French
 
Summerside, PEI, October 8, 2014 ---
 
This Friday a locally developed exhibition on the history of the Mi'kmaq of Prince Edward Island will be launching at Canada's most-visited museum, the Canadian Museum of History in the heart of the National Capital Region.
 
Ni’n na L’nu – The Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island was developed by the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI with funding and assistance from Parks Canada, Canadian Heritage and the Government of Prince Edward Island. The Canadian Museum of History - the centre for sharing our country's history, archaeology, ethnology and culture - attracts over 1.2 million visitors each year and is Canada's largest and most popular cultural institution.
 
"We are very proud to see our history portrayed on the national stage," said Chief Brian Francis. "Our people have lived of Prince Edward Island for over 12,000 years. Ni'n na L'nu documents and celebrates our rich history and our connection to this land."...To CONTINUE
 
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Media Advisory: The following is distributed by the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI
 
Attention News Editors:
 
Summerside, Prince Edward Island
 
 Exhibition on PEI Mi'kmaq to launch at the Canadian Museum of History;
·         Atlantic Book Award winning book to be published in French edition
 
This Friday, October 10th,  Ni'n na L'nu: The Mi'kmaq of Prince Edward Island will be launching at Canada's most-visited museum, the Canadian Museum of History in the heart of the National Capital Region. The exhibition will be on display at the Canadian Museum of History from October 10, 2014 to January 18, 2015.
 
The companion book of the same name, authored by Jesse Francis and A.J.B. Johnston, recently won the Best Atlantic-Published Book Award at the 2014 Atlantic Book Awards and also won the 2014 PEI Book Award for Non-fiction. Now the book will be published in a French edition and available for distribution on October 10.
 
In support of this event:
 
  • A media release will be issued on Friday, October 10th.
  • Chief Francis and Chief Ramjattan will be speaking at the event in Ottawa.
  • The MCPEI will be distributing photos and highlights from the event via Social Media. 
 
For details on the launch, background on Ni'n na L'nu and interviews (Eng/Fre) regarding, both, the book and exhibition:
Jesse Francis: 902-439-5220, jfrancis@mcpei.ca 
  
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For Immediate Release                                                                                   September 30, 2014
                                                                                                                                                           
The following is distributed by the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI
 PEI Chiefs recognize Treaty Day, October 1
 
On October 1, 2014, PEI Mi'kmaq leadership and community members will be celebrating Treaty Day. Treaty Day has been celebrated by the Mi'kmaq since 1986.
October 1 marks the date in the Treaty of 1752 when - in order to preserve good harmony - the promises of the Crown would be recognized and the friendship between the Mi'kmaq and the Crown would be renewed...To CONTINUE
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25 September 2014
2014 MCPEI Annual Golf Tournament a Success! 
Despite the cold, the rain showers and the intermittent hail (yes, hail!) our 2014 Golf Tournament was a great success. Many thanks are sent out to our many sponsers, without whom we could not have organized such a great day. Our thanks, as well, to all the participants who braved the weather and had a great day on the golf course!
A lot more photos can be found HERE and HERE including all the prize winners!
 
  
 
Photos courtesy of MCPEI staff
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 24 September 2014
Mi'kmaq Confederacy Participates in Raise a Reader Day!
Staff members bundled up for the cold, and bundled up newspapers to raise funds for a really great cause - Raise A Reader Day. With one team in Summerside at Bakin' Donuts, and the rest spread out in various locations in Stratford, lots of laughs, lots of fun and a good amount of money was raised. Thanks to all the Team Captains for keeping us supplied with coffee and treats! A great cause and a great time! We'll be back next year!
 
 
Photo courtesy of The Guardian
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Summerside, PEI, September 18, 2014 

15 years later, Marshall Decision Resonates in PEI Mi'kmaq Communities 
September 17, 1999 was a momentous day in Prince Edward Island's Mi'kmaq communities. The Supreme Court of Canada issued their landmark ruling, known as the Marshall Decision, that affirmed the treaty right to hunt, fish and gather in pursuit of a "moderate livelihood." Since that day, the commercial fishery has become the most significant contributor to incomes and employment among both PEI First Nations.   At the time of the Marshall Decision, only a handful of Mi'kmaq fishers were taking part in the commercial fishery. Since September 1999, that number has grown to in excess of 120 being directly involved. This has contributed millions of dollars to local economies and resulted in additional employment in secondary sectors such as processing and fisheries services. The positive impact of the Marshall Decision continues to be felt across Prince Edward Island. While Marshall was a landmark decision, the full extent of Mi’kmaq fishing rights is still the subject of ongoing negotiations with the Government of Canada. These negotiations are the next step forward as the Mi’kmaq of PEI continue their quest toward economic self sufficiency.    The protection provided by the Canadian Constitution for Aboriginal and treaty rights continues to increase opportunities for Aboriginal people on Prince Edward Island. The recent Supreme Court of Canada T'silhqot'in ruling on Aboriginal title is expected to have a similarly positive impact on the Island's Mi'kmaq people, their communities and the Province as a whole. The decision highlights the need for an economic reconciliation by the Federal and Provincial Governments with Canada’s indigenous peoples   Quotes: "September 17, 1999 was an historic day for the PEI Mi'kmaq. The Marshall Decision, and the contribution of Junior Marshall to defend our treaty right to participate in the commercial fishery, will be remembered as a game-changer for our people." - Chief Matilda Ramjattan "The Marshall Decision demonstrates how the affirmation of aboriginal and treaty rights and the subsequent investment in our communities is not only just, but a clear demonstration of how moving forward with a new partnership can be to the benefit of all Canadians. Future affirmation of these rights opens the door to an exciting future for us all." - Chief Brian Francis    
Background: CLICK on LINKS for more information
PEI First Nations:            
 Abegweit First Nation:              
L'nuk: The People:   Video  
For more information contact: Don MacKenzie: 902-626-2882, dmackenzie@mcpei.ca   20 June 2014
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Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI and Province of PEI sign Economic Development Agreement
 In recognition of National Aboriginal Day, the Province of Prince Edward Island and the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI have announced an economic development agreement that will significantly advance participation of the First Nations in the Island economy, said Premier Robert Ghiz. “As the Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs I am pleased to announce this partnership with MCPEI,” said Premier Ghiz. “Access to economic development opportunities is made possible by having stable funding, qualified human resources and equity. This partnership will put the key ingredients for success in the hands of the PEI First Nations.”  ...to Continue, CLICK HERE
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Guest Book Signing at Province House
The miserable weather did not dampen the spirits of attendees as Chief Brian Francis, Abegweit First Nation, joined His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada; the Honourable H. Frank Lewis, Lieutenant Governor of PEI; Premier Robert Ghiz; Mayor Clifford Lee, Charlottetown; and Mayor Régis Labeaume, Quebec City, in signing the City of Charlottetown’s Guest Book at Province House.  For more PHOTOS, please CLICK on picture. These City of Charlottetown Event photos provided courtesy of Patricia Bourque 
 
Wonderful visit with US Ambassador to Canada and US Consul General
The Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI and Mi'kmaq Legends were honoured with a visit by His Excellency Mr. Bruce Heyman, US Ambassador to Canada, Consul General Richard Riley, and Mrs. Vicki Heyman.  After attending a luncheon at Fathers Pub in the PEI 2014 Celebration Zone, hosted by Lennox Island First Nation Chief Matilda Ramjattan, the group then proceeded to the Canada Pavilion where they were entertained by a special performance of Mi'kmaq Legends.  The group then explored the Mi'kmaq Confederacy exhibit in the Pavilion. While learning some Mi'kmaq culture and history, the Ambassador, his wife, and the Consul General were presented with tokens of Mi'kmaq culture, including beautifully hand-painted hand drums and a lovely woven basket. 
 
 
Photos courtesy of Patricia Bourque. For more photos, please CLICK HERE and HERE
 
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Mi'kmaq Confederacy Charlottetown Pow wow 2014:
 
CLICK HERE and HERE for some wonderful photos!!
 
 (More pictures will be posted as they are submitted)
 
01 August 2014
All in Good Fun!
 
Supporting a great cause - the Mi'kmaq Confederacy sent its Executive Director to Charlottetown Police Services Jail-N-Bail for the Canadian Cancer Society PEI fundraiser! We really hope he's the forgiving kind of boss! 
 
 
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29 July 2014
 
On Monday, 28 July 2014, Egmont MP and Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea met with Abegweit First Nation Band Council to discuss issues of concern to the First Nation 
 
Minister Gail Shea, Chief Brian Francis, Councillor Danny Levi
 
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Mi'kmaq Confederacy Participates in St. Anne's Sunday Celebrations!
 
 
 
For more PICTURES, please CLICK HERE 
 
01 July 2014
PEI 2014 Canada Day Celebrations!
Please CLICK on PHOTO for more pictures. Photos courtesy of Patricia Bourque and MCPEI Staff     
 
 
 
20 June 2014
Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI and Province of PEI sign Economic Development Agreement
 In recognition of National Aboriginal Day, the Province of Prince Edward Island and the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI have announced an economic development agreement that will significantly advance participation of the First Nations in the Island economy, said Premier Robert Ghiz.
“As the Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs I am pleased to announce this partnership with MCPEI,” said Premier Ghiz. “Access to economic development opportunities is made possible by having stable funding, qualified human resources and equity. This partnership will put the key ingredients for success in the hands of the PEI First Nations.” 
...to Continue, CLICK HERE
 
 
19 June 2014
Guest Book Signing at Province House
The miserable weather did not dampen the spirits of attendees as Chief Brian Francis, Abegweit First Nation, joined His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada; the Honourable H. Frank Lewis, Lieutenant Governor of PEI; Premier Robert Ghiz; Mayor Clifford Lee, Charlottetown; and Mayor Régis Labeaume, Quebec City, in signing the City of Charlottetown’s Guest Book at Province House. 
For PHOTOS, please CLICK  HERE.
These City of Charlottetown Event photos provided courtesy of Patricia Bourque 
 
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09 June 2014
Robert Irving and "Fish Friends" release salmon into Mooney's Pond
52 PEI schoolchildren from grades 1 to 5 released salmon into Mooney's Pond on Friday, 06 June. They raised the fish in their classrooms, learning a lot about conservation, along the way. The day was also marked by a BBQ, a scavenger hunt, and a trail walk, to enhance the conservation message.
Chief Brian Francis, Abegweit First Nation, and Robert Irving, of Cavendish Farms, were there to assist the children in the fish release. Cavendish Farms, in partnership with Abegweit First Nation, has supported the ‘Fish Friends’ program in eight PEI schools over the last several months. The program, which allows children to raise salmon in the classroom from eggs to fry, incorporates learning activities, and encourages conservation practices. 
For more information, CLICK HERE
 
For more photos, please CLICK HERE.  All photos courtesy of Patricia Bourque.
 
 
 
09 June 2014
Annual Forum of MCPEI Board and Provincial Cabinet
03 June 2014, was marked by the occasion of the Annual PEI Provincial Cabinet and MCPEI Board of Directors Forum. The beautiful weather highlighted the event, which was attended by the Honourable Robert Ghiz and several members of his Cabinet, as well as Chief Brian Francis, Abegweit First Nation, Chief Matilda Ramjattan, Lennox Island First Nation, and Band Councillors Debbie Bernard, Stephen Bernard and Danny Levi. After the meeting, the Premier and Cabinet were treated to a tour of Lennox Island, and some Mi’kmaq cultural activities.
 
For more photos, please CLICK HERE. All photos courtesy of Patricia Bourque.
 
 
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04 June 2014

Robert Irving to assist School Children release salmon in PEI

 Robert Irving from Cavendish Farms will be on PEI Friday June 6th to assist school children release salmon into the Morell River. The children have raised the fish in their classrooms over the last 5 months. Cavendish Farms, in partnership with Abegweit First Nation, has supported the ‘Fish Friends’ program in eight PEI schools over the last several months. The program, which allows children to raise salmon in the classroom from eggs to fry, incorporates learning activities, and encourages conservation practices.

The fish will be released by about 75 students ranging from grade 1 to 5 at Mooney’s Pond on the Morell River, and the activities will include a walk on the nature trail, an opportunity to fish in the pond and a BBQ.

For more information, please CLICK HERE

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25 April 2014

New First Nations Environmental Contaminants Program Projects for the IRM program!

The Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI has recently received funding from First Nations and Inuit Health Branch to conduct two projects under the First Nations Environmental Contaminants Program. 

-- "Six Month Temporal Distribution of Mercury, Arsenic, Cadmium, Lead, and Chromium in Eel Muscle from Prince Edward Island" -- funding approved in the amount of $72, 836.00

-- "Risk Assessment of Arsenic Exposure from Lobster Consumption in Lennox Island First Nation" -- funding approved in the amount of $45,120.00

 

Malpeque Bay: First Nations' Fisheries and Interests

First Nations on PEI have a major stake in Malpeque Bay and have indicated their interest in co-managing bay development along with DFO and other stakeholders. Protection of First Nations’ current and future rights to access in the Bay is paramount as is the sustainable management and use of the marine environment.

First Nations are currently active in commercial and food, social and ceremonial fisheries and shellfish aquaculture and see both the opportunities and risks of increased aquaculture within the Bay. For example, they are interested in pursuing off-bottom oyster or finfish aquaculture development, but are also concerned about impact on their fishery in the Bay. First Nations food, social and ceremonial fishery is a direct result of the 1990 Sparrow decision of the Supreme Court of Canada that specifies that the band has a right to fish for food, social and ceremonial purposes. First Nations are concerned that increased aquaculture will impact the food, social and ceremonial fishery, primarily due to gear conflicts, and have stated that these areas must be avoided for development.

 

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27 May 2014
Marilyn LeFrank and Allan Gillis were featured on CBC Compass, Monday, 26 May 2014,  talking about MCPEI's new Culture Card. Here is the link to watch the episode, their section starts at 14:30 minutes. Congrats to Marilyn and Allan for sharing this wonderful card!
  
22 May 2014
Congratulations!! 
A hearty congratulations to our own Jesse Francis on his co-authored book Ni’n  na L’nu: The Mi’kmaq of PEI winning two Atlantic Book awards!
 
20 Feb 2014
Mi'kmaq Confederacy programs and staff win Heritage Awards at the PEI Museum and Heritage Awards ceremony at the Eptek Centre in Summerside, PE
Click on PHOTOS for larger images
                                        
   
22 May 2014
MCPEI Open Discussion/ Community Engagement meeting -- UPDATE
UPDATE: MCPEI Open Discussion has been RESCHEDULED to 26 May. ALL are Welcome! See here for details:http://www.mcpei.ca/Events
18 Feb 2014
First Nation Education Act: Community Presentation Rescheduled
Out of respect for the death of John Daniel Peters Sr., community presentations concerning the First Nation Education Act,originally scheduled for Wednesday February 19th in Scotchfort and Thursday February 20 in Rocky Point are being cancelled and will be re-scheduled.  Notices of the new dates will be sent to Abegweit First Nation members.  Sincere condolences to the family and friends of John Daniel Peters Sr. 
 
21 Jan 2014
Congratulations go out to Mi'kmaq Confederacy programs – two of their amazing projects won the PEI Museum and Heritage Awards! Mi'kmaq Legends theatre production, and the N'in na L'nu: The Mi'kmaq ofPEI exhibit and book. 
 
06 Jan 2014
 
Mi'kmaq Confederacy Board of Directors and Staff would like to say goodbye to our former Executive Director Sandra Gaudet, wishing her well on her retirement, and send out a big welcome our new Executive Director: Don MacKenzie. 
 
25 Nov 2013
Message from the Chiefs and Councils of Lennox Island and Abegweit First Nations regarding Crowbush Golf Course -- Setting the Record Straight... 
 
To see LETTER please CLICK HERE
 
20 Nov 2013
National Child Day
Children are sacred gifts from the Creator - The Mi'kmaq Confederacy wholeheartedly celebrates National Child Day!
Canada's National Child Day is held annually on November 20, commemorating the date Canada adopted theUnited Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The Convention spells out the basic human rights to which children under the age of 18 are entitled.
It is a day to celebrate children and bring awareness to their rights and their needs.
21 Oct 2013 
Message from the Chiefs and Councils of Lennox Island and Abegweit First Nations
The PEI First Nation Governments of Abegweit and Lennox Island are very concerned about the escalating violence in relation to the protests in New Brunswick.
The immediate priority is to ensure the safety of the First Nation community members and all others.
The PEI First Nations support peaceful protests by the First Nations of New Brunswick, or anyone who believes an injustice is being done. They do not condone violence by either side.
The PEI Mi’kmaq are always concerned about any government or private sector activity that could potentially infringe on Aboriginal or treaty rights for the sake of big business, or for any other purpose.
 
Chief Brian Francis and Chief Matilda Ramjattan are steadfastly protective about the land, waterways, natural resources and the environment; and they applaud and fully support the New Brunswick First Nations and those who peacefully stand up for what they believe in and try to draw attention to activities that might be harmful to lands, waters, resources or the environment. They support the New Brunswick Chiefs and are sincerely concerned about the safety and well being of the Mi’kmaq people.
Chief Matilda Ramjattan                                 Chief Brian Francis
 
01 Oct 2013
Welcome to Mi'kmaq History Month!
Help celebrate more than 10,000 years of Mi'kmaq presence in Mi'kma'ki -- Atlantic Canada -- by learning more about Mi'kmaq History!      CLICK here for more information on Mi'kmaq History: 
  
15 Aug 2013
The Mi'kmaq Confederacy is thrilled: Our Ni’n na L’nu The Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island travelling exhibition grand opening at the Confederation Centre of the Arts is 6pm, tonight! Hope to see you there!
 
 12 June 2013
The Hon. Catherine S. Callbeck's Statement on the Atlantic Crime Prevention Conference
On Wednesday, 05 June 2013, The Honourable Catherine S. Callbeck issued a statement in the Senate, praising the Atlantic Crime Prevention Conference and its local planning committee, including the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI.
“Honourable senators, lives are changed through crime prevention, but it takes many people working together to achieve this. These annual conferences are an invaluable resource for anyone interested in making Atlantic Canada a safer place to live. I would like to congratulate the Atlantic Community Safety Association, as well as the tireless members of the local planning committee. I offer my very best wishes to all this year’s participants for building safer communities across our region”
 
For more on the Hon. Catherine S. Callbeck's statement, please click HERE
 
05 June 2013
The Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI congratulates Chief Matilda Ramjattan
 
The Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI congratulates Matilda Ramjattan on becoming Chief of the Lennox Island Band Council and welcomes her as co-chair of the Confederacy. For more info click HERE
 
03 June 2013
Mount Stewart hosts National Day of Healing and Reconciliation
The noon hour on Wednesday, June 5th, at the Mount Stewart Consolidated School will be a time to reflect and renew with storytelling, drumming, dancing and face painting. Performers and participants will be from the communities of Scotchfort and Mount Stewart.
The excited students have been preparing for the noontime event for weeks with the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI and staff at the Mount Stewart Consolidated School. For more info, click HERE
 
24 May 2013
Congratulations to the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI awarded PEI2014 Fund 
The Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI, in partnership with Canada World Youth, will be inviting Aboriginal youth from across Canada to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference during a three day symposium in June 2014: Aboriginal Youth and Confederation - Learning from the Past and Building for the Future 
 
03 April 2013
Congratulations are extended to our Executive Director, Sandra Gaudet, on being appointed to the Health PEI Board of Directors. Click HERE for more details 
 
 
 02 April 2013
Mi'kmaq Heritage Actors are presenting Mi'kmaq Legends on Saturday, 06 Apr, for the Community Theatre Festival at Carrefour de l'Isle St. Jean. Click HERE for more information
 

27 Feb 2013

Mi’kmaq Confederacy Employment Services & PEI Public Service Commission invite post-secondary students/graduates to a special presentation on Thursday, 28 Feb 2013. Click HEREfor details
 
 27 Feb 2013 
The Mi'kmaq Confederacy wholeheartedly supports Pink Shirt Anti-Bullying Day, Wednesday, 27 Feb 2013
 
 
 08 Feb 2013
Mi'kmaq Confederacy supports Family Violence Prevention Week (schedule), Feb 10-16, and Wear Purple Day (poster), Feb 13 
 
30 January 2013
Chief Brian Francis and Chief Darlene Bernard Speaking Notes for Public Information Meetings on Bill C-45   --  ClickHERE for release 
  
  24 January 2013
Mi’kmaq Chiefs to lead public information sessions on changes to Bill C-45  -- Click HERE for News release
 
16 January 2013
Bill C-45: A Canadian Issue!  See Idle No More handout to find out about Bill C-45 and how it affects all Canadians 
 
 10 Jan 2013
Congratulations go out to two Mi'kmaq Confederacy Staff members
Julie Pellissier-Lush and Judy Clark have been awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for their dedication and support of their PEI Mi'kmaq First Nation communities and the Aborginal community, at large. 
 
18 December 2012
Open letter from Chief Bernard and Chief Francis regarding Bill C-45: Click HERE for News Release
 
13 December 2012:
Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI shares serious concerns over the omnibus Bill C-45: Click HERE for News Release
 
15 Nov 2012 
Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI have a Staff Wellness and Training Day
By Julie Pellissier-Lush
In Summerside, on November 15th 2012, the staff of the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI came together at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club to have a fun day of training and wellness. With the guidance of facilitator Patsy Maclean, everyone presented on their departments and programs. The information collected will be used to help start creating a vision for the future of our organization, and also to help all the staff learn what everyone is working on for the New Year. It was a great day of learning, sharing and team building for the whole staff.