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Construction of Membertou highway interchange underway

MEMBERTOU — Membertou broke ground on a project that will link the community to the province’s highway and nearby reserve lands.

Elder Katy McEwen, left, performs a smudging ceremony in Membertou on Wednesday afternoon with Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan, centre, Membertou Chief Terry Paul and Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter. Erin Pottie - Cape Breton Post

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Membertou breaks ground on multimillion-dollar interchange

MEMBERTOU — Front-end loaders tore through soil beside Highway 125 on Wednesday afternoon, their drivers oblivious to the dignitaries speaking at a podium on the opposite hillside.

The dignitaries stood on the spot where a multimillion-dollar interchange will connect the busy highway to the First Nation community of Membertou.

“This will provide numerous job opportunities,” said John Duncan, minister of aboriginal Affairs and northern development.

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Membertou first to get loan from organization

MEMBERTOU — Membertou has become the first aboriginal community in Canada to obtain a loan from the First Nation Financial Authority after becoming a borrowing member.

Membertou was approved for a $10-million loan from the not-for-profit organization which provides low-rate loans, investment options, and capital planning advice to First Nation governments. First Nation communities join as borrowing members

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Wide representation in Coady program

Two Nova Scotian women are amongst the 15 taking part in the Coady International Institute’s Indigenous Women in Community Leader (IWCL) program.
This is the second year for the program. Last year, Paqtnkek First Nation’s Rose Julian took part as the lone Nova Scotia participant but this year, Pictou Landing First Nation’s Crystal Denny joins Membertou’s Rebecca Scirocco-Paul as part of program. Read more at thecasket.ca

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A Fine Balance

In 1995, the Mi’kmaw community of Membertou had low economic prospects and morale. But a powerful wake-up call has since turned it into a modern model of Aboriginal economic development, one that looks to balance integrity and fairness for community and partners alike …

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