(Fredericton) – On February 16, CPAWS New Brunswick Chapter Executive Director, Roberta Clowater, 

delivered a list of names to Premier Alward at the Centennial Building of over 10,000 Canadians who are asking him to protect at least 10% of the province’s largest remaining wild watershed.  

CPAWS’ delivery of the message is timed to occur shortly before the expected completion of a new plan for Crown forests by New Brunswick’s Department of Natural Resources.

“We’re inspired to see so many people, mainly New Brunswickers and Quebecers, but thousands of visitors too, who care about protecting this extraordinary wilderness area in the Restigouche, and want to see those values protected,” said Clowater.

CPAWS reached out to people about the opportunity to protect the Restigouche – famed for its wild salmon rivers, forested misty mountains and wildlife -- through social media such as Facebook and in partnership with Mountain Equipment Co-op.

“The number of people responding really underscores our message to Premier Alward that the province needs to take action now to protect more of our wilderness, especially the Restigouche. We’ve tapped a vein of public concern about the future of our province’s great wild places – and now we’re calling on the government to take action,” said Clowater.

“It’s inexcusable that New Brunswick ranks second from the bottom in the percentage of protected areas in all of Canada, compared to other provinces and territories. We’re not doing our fair share to protect wilderness and wildlife, or the important recreation and tourism jobs they support in New Brunswick,” added Clowater.

“To move New Brunswick towards the Canadian average, the government needs to commit to protecting at least 17% of the province’s Crown land by 2015, which amounts to 8.5% of the province. This would allow more of the wildest parts of Restigouche and the province to be permanently protected from development and industrial activity.”

Currently, only 3% of New Brunswick is permanently protected, compared to nearly 9% of land in other provinces. Nova Scotia has set a target of protecting 12% of the entire province by 2015 and is well ahead of New Brunswick in reaching its goal.

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Contact:

Roberta Clowater, 506-452-9902; cpawsnb@nb.sympatico.ca">cpawsnb@nb.sympatico.ca

For more information on CPAWS and our work in New Brunswick, please visit www.cpawsnb.org

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Call for nominations for the NBEN Awards - 2017

Monday, 31 July 2017
by Annika Chiasson
Every day people and environmental groups take action to protect and restore New Brunswick’s environment.  

Over this past year, who stands out in your mind? 

We invite you to nominate a group or individual deserving of one of the NBEN awards which will be presented in style at Eco-Confluence 2017.  Send an e-mail to nben@nben.ca describing your nominee’s work.  Nominees must be members or associates of the NBEN*.

Nomination deadline is September 13, 2017.

*Current NBEN Steering Committee members are not eligible for awards.

Resquest for letters of support: Proposed name restoration for the Wolastoq

Sunday, 30 April 2017
by Alma
 The Wolastoq Grand Council supports our YOUTH GROUPS on their proposal for changing the name of the Saint John River, back to it’s original and proper name; Wolastoq (the beautiful & bountiful river ). We see this as a good place to begin the process of implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; which was strongly recommended by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  

Proposed Name Restoration: 
  • The name Saint John River back to it’s original indigenous name -  Wolastoq
Purpose: 
  • Wolastoq; (the beautiful river) is the original Indigenous name of the River.
  • Wolastoq is the name sake for the real identity and unique nationality of our People; the Wolastoqiyik.  Respecting the rights of Wolastoqiyik.
  • Scientific studies have now confirmed, what our people have always known; “that water has memory”.    This river will remember its original name.   
  • This deed would begin a process for reconciliation with a show of goodwill on the part of the Government of New Brunswick, and would;
  • Create opportunities for discussions and engagement around indigenous issues.
  • Wolastoqiyik have a right to retain their own names for communities, places and persons. 

The Wolastoq Grand Council is requesting support letters from our Allies; as individuals, organizations, and/or Groups.  For more information, contact Alma Brooks, 506-478-1256, almabrooks.26@outlook.com

Please send support letters to the following addresses:

The Wolastoq Grand Council,
Grand Chief; Ron Tremblay
50 Maliseet Drive
Fredericton, NB, E3A 2V9


David Coon
Office of the Green Party Leader
P.O. Box 6000
Fredericton, NB, E3B 5H1

Additional Information

  1. Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
Carolyn Bennett; Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada; has assured the Wolastoq Grand Council in writing that; - “Canada is committed to a renewed nation to nation relationship with indigenous peoples based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership.”   Carolyn Bennett also stated that ; - “Achieving full reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous people in Canada is at the heart of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada’s mandate, and that the government of “Canada will engage with Indigenous peoples, provinces, territories, and Canadians on how to implement the Declaration in accordance with Canada’s Constitution”.

  1. Andrea Bear-Nicholas
As described in a 2011 article by Andrea Bear-Nicholas, Maliseet historian:  
  1. The first step in the dispossession for the indigenous peoples in the Maritimes began in earnest immediately after the British capture of the French fort at Louisbourg in 1758.   Where place names and names of First Nations in the entire region had been inscribed on earlier maps; both would soon be erased by colonial cartographers in a process described by J. B. Harley as cartographic colonialism.  The justifications for these erasures was found in the doctrine of discovery.   
  2. The second step in the dispossession of indigenous peoples in Nova Scotia began immediately after signing of the Treaty of 1760 by Passamaquoddy and Maliseet Leaders, and later the signing of the Mascarene Treaty.   Although there was no surrender of any lands in either of these Treaties; 1.5 million acres of Maliseet land which outlawed the surveying and expropriation of lands not yet ceded by the indigenous inhabitants or purchased by the Crown.    


  3. United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples:   Articles 1, 2, 6, & 13   support and provide a guide for the implementation leading to reconciliation.

As a distinct ‘people,’ we have a right to our accurate identity and nationality.
  • Indigenous Peoples have the right to the full enjoyment as a collective or as individuals of all human rights and fundamental freedoms as recognized in the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and international human rights law. 
  • Indigenous peoples and individuals are free and equal to all other peoples and individuals and have the right to be free from any kind of discrimination, in the exercise of their rights, in particular that based on their indigenous origin and identity. 
  • Every indigenous individual has the right to their own nationality. 
  • Indigenous people have a right to retain their own names for communities, places and persons.  “States shall take effective measures to ensure that this right is protected”.