NationTalk’s Nick Ashawasega recently spoke with Dan Christmas, Senior Advisor for Membertou with extensive experience working with one of the leading examples for community development. Listen to hear more on what keeps Membertou and its members growing. Also, Dan will also be accepting on behalf of Chief Paul, this year’s Inaugural Aboriginal Economic Development Corporation Award for 2014 which is brought to us by CCAB and Sodexo Canada! Listen at nationtalk.ca
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On Tuesday, the general committee of CBRM council agreed to sell the band portions of three lots of land totalling about 18 hectares that it owns on the south side of Highway 125, near the Mi’kmaq community. The new lands are to be used for residential development for the growing community, with the ability to accommodate as many as 400 new homes.
Pride was evident when the Cape Breton Post was given a tour of the still under construction, 29,000-square-foot First Nation facility on Tuesday. Heavy equipment lumbered around the grounds which will eventually house a track and a baseball diamond. Although focused toward students from kindergarten to Grade 6, the facility is also geared toward the community. Read more at www.capebretonpost.com
MEMBERTOU — Membertou is hosting a spring gathering today that will launch the start of powwow season.
The First Nation community is holding its third annual Wikipaltimk, which seeks to honour Membertou’s roughly 1,200 band members.
Last year, about 200 people attended the gathering.
After attending Acadia University for music education, she ended up with a mountain of debt, realized the job market wasn’t great, took a step back to reassess her situation, and returned to Cape Breton.
MEMBERTOU — Agnes Gould, who prefers to be known by her radio handle Aggie Baby, has fond memories of her little sister, Virginia Sue Pictou.
But her baby sister has been missing for nearly 21 years, and while the whole family — and the community — are affected, Virginia Sue’s children have felt her absence the most.
The Nova Scotia First Nations of Membertou and Eskasoni have implemented some impressive economic milestones in recent years, including a major involvement in the Sydney Tar Ponds cleanup and the development of the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre. Now a new partnership forged between the two communities promises to take those accomplishments to the next level. Read more at www.progressmedia.ca
It’s the first time the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business has handed out the Aboriginal Economic Development Corp. Award.
The award is the first of its kind in Canada to honour the achievements of aboriginal economic development corporations. Read more at www.capebretonpost.com
Five residents were honoured with various awards during the ceremony, including Tanaya Paul as the female sportsperson of the year.
The 14-year-old Sherwood Park student plays volleyball, basketball, swims and also cheerleads for her school. Read more at www.capebretonpost.com
MEMBERTOU — A partnership between two Mi'kmaq communities will announce their first joint venture agreement Tuesday morning.
Memski Projects Inc. combines the collective skills, labour and expertise of Eskasoni and Membertou First Nations and was formed in 2013 by Chief Terrance Paul of Membertou and Chief Leroy Denny of Eskasoni. Read more at www.capebretonpost.com