MEMBERTOU — Membertou has purchased a piece of its ancestral lands nearly a century after residents of the First Nations community were told by government to abandon their homes. As part of a deal struck Thursday, the Sydney band has bought two prominent health-care facilities, including the Sydney Medical Arts Building on Kings Road.
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MEMBERTOU — A culturally-significant piece of land to the people of Membertou has been re-acquired as part of an $18-million real estate transaction.
MEMBERTOU — Gambling revenues helped build this First Nation into a successful community, but band officials aren’t willing to roll the dice on that revenue source being sustainable.
MEMBERTOU — Membertou Development Corp. is looking to have a parcel of land rezoned to allow for the eventual construction of another hotel development.
The corporation has applied to the Cape Breton Regional Municipality to have a vacant parcel of land located on Churchill Drive rezoned. The proposal calls for construction of a three-storey, 80-room hotel.
Membertou has achieved yet another certification in relation to its financial management may not seem like exciting news to the average resident. But in addition to the vote of confidence it represents in the Mi’kmaq community’s practices, becoming the first band in Canada to be certified by the First Nations Financial Management Board will mean a lot as Membertou tries to do business.
Membertou is already one of the most successful and fastest growing aboriginal communities in the country.
Chief Terry Paul says the interchange not only offers a second roadway into Membertou, but will also provide direct access to a major retail development the band hopes to begin work on this summer.
MEMBERTOU — A 28-tonne, 51-metre long steel roofing truss was gingerly maneuvered into place using a crew of six at the construction site of the Membertou Sport and Wellness Centre, Tuesday morning.
MEMBERTOU — A process is well underway that will establish who can claim membership in the Membertou First Nation band.
Two days of community engagement sessions began in Membertou on Monday as the community hears the results of a survey.
MEMBERTOU — Membertou may be ready as early as next year to join 51 other First Nations that have taken control of reserve lands to chart their own economic future and become less dependent on federal money.
This week, the reserve hosted the annual general meeting of the Lands Advisory Board, a national organization that helps First Nations develop a land code that takes the power to manage lands away from the federal government and places it in the hands of the community.
MEMBERTOU — The First Nations community celebrated the official opening of its very first school during an hour-long ceremony Monday.
Named officially Maupeltuewey Kina’matno’kuom, it translates into “the place where we learn,” in Mi’kmaq. Grade 6 student Kaleigh Paul was part of the opening ceremonies, singing "O’ Canada" with her classmates. Students in Grade 4 and Grade 5 also sang the national anthem.