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Archive - 2011

  1. Tripartite Forum Staffing Update
    January 2011
  2. UNSI Appoints New Tripartite Liaison
    January 2011
  3. Job Posting - First Nations Representative with Doctors Nova Scotia Youth Running for Fun Program
    February 2011
  4. 2011 Canada Games Opening Ceremonies
    February 2011
  5. Assembly of First Nations Opposes Cuts to First Nations Policing
    February 24, 2011
  6. Photos from the 2011 Canada Games Opening Ceremonies
    February 2011
  7. Church Altar to be returned to Chapel Island in preparation of St. Anne’s Mission



Tripartite Forum Staffing Update

The Mi'Kmaq - Nova Scotia - Canada Tripartite Forum is pleased to welcome Robyn Siteman to the team as the forum's new Project Manager. Robyn had previously worked with the Tripartite Forum as an Administrator.

Welcome (back), Robyn!


UNSI Appoints New Tripartite Liaison

Joan Sack was appointed as the new Union of Nova Scotia Indians (UNSI) Tripartite Liaison Officer. Welcome to the Forum, Joan!


Job Posting - First Nations Representative with Doctors Nova Scotia Youth Running for Fun Program

Doctors Nova Scotia is seeking an energetic and independent worker to get youth active in Mi’kmaq schools throughout the province. The successful candidate will be a member of the First Nation’s Community who leads an active healthy lifestyle, enjoys working with children and has a passion for getting youth active. The role calls for an individual who likes presenting and interacting with a variety of audiences.

This is a full-time, 12-week contract located in Cape Breton and will be a work-from-home arrangement from March 21 – June 10, 2011.

Click here to view and download the job posting. Please apply to the appropriate contact listed on the form.

The deadline to apply is Friday, February 11, 2011.



2011 Canada Games Opening Ceremonies

The 2011 Canada Games Opening Ceremonies take place Friday evening, February 11, 2011, starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Halifax Metro Centre in Halifax, NS. Tickets for the Opening Ceremonies are available at the Metro Centre Box Office or at Ticket Atlantic.

The Canada Games take place from Friday, February 11 to Sunday, February 27, 2011 at various venues throughout the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). A variety of talented artists from the area, including representatives of the Mi’kmaq, Acadian, African Nova Scotian, and Gaelic communities, will accentuate events and performances.

For more information on the 2011 Canada Games, the sports, venues, events and ceremonies, please visit the website here.

Support your First Nations and Canadian athletes during this wonderful display of athletics and sportsmanship!



Assembly of First Nations Opposes Cuts to First Nations Policing


(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo today expressed concerns and strong opposition to a projected 19% cutback for First Nations policing in this year’s federal budget. We do not believe this is in the best interest of our citizens and this is quite troubling for our communities. (continued...)

To continue reading, click -here- for English and -here- for French.



Photos from the 2011 Canada Games Opening Ceremonies

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Church Altar to be returned to Chapel Island in preparation of St. Anne’s Mission

The altar of Chapel Island will be returned home to Potlotek First Nation in preparation of St. Anne’s Mission after a 200-year absence. According to Potlotek historian, Lillian B. Marshall, the altar was given to the Mi’kmaw as a gift in the 1700’s. As the English and French fought during that time period, French churches were burned to the ground, oral Mi’kmaw history tells us that the altar was moved by the Mi’kmaw several times to protect it. The altar finally saw rest in 1860 and has been taken care of by the parish of Sacred Heart Church in Johnstown, since it opened its doors.
A letter of support for the relocation of the altar was sent from the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs to the Diocese of Antigonish and to Parks Canada on this matter.
On June 24, 2015 consent was given to the Potlotek Chief and Council to have the altar returned. The altar was moved by Parks Canada from Sacred Heart in Johnstown where arrangements to clean the altar have begun. Parks Canada staff will be returning the altar on July 20th, 2015 where it will leave Parks Canada-Fortress of Louisbourg and begin its journey home. The altar will be returned to Chapel Island (Mniku), also a National Historic site of Canada, for this year’s St. Anne’s Mission.
Chapel Island (Mniku) is located off of the Potlotek First Nation in the Bras d’Or Lakes in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. According to Mi’kmaw oral tradition, Chapel Island (Mniku) has been a traditional gathering place and location sacred to the Mi’kmaw people prior to pre-contact. During the 18th– Century the French missionaries, most notable Abbe Maillard, established Roman Catholic Missions on Chapel Island. The French erected the first church in the 18th century and Chapel Island (Mniku) has been the centre of the Roman Catholic faith for the Mi’kmaw, and the location of the annual Feast of St. Anne’s Pilgrimage every July. The Mi’kmaq Grand Council continues to meet at this location twice a year to hold discussions and make decisions.
A welcoming ceremony will take place on Chapel Island (Mniku) to welcome home the long awaited arrival of the altar given to the Mi’kmaw by the French on July 20th, 2015 at 12:30p.m. Followed by a catholic mass at 2:00 p.m. The community of Potlotek would like to invite and welcome everyone to attend and celebrate this historic return of the altar on July 20th, 2015 from 12:30 pm- 4:00 pm.
For more information contact:
Tanya Johnson-MacVicar Project Coordinator Potlotek Education Phone: (902) 535-3160 Cell: (902) 577-7289


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