NB Groups Want The Provincial Government To Heed Their Message
For Immediate Release
September 16, 2011

Moncton -- On Saturday, September 17, the anti-shale gas network of citizens have planned
another march for New Brunswickers to say “NO!” to shale gas in the downtown core of
Moncton.

More than 2 dozen groups from around the province, from places like Cornhill, Sackville,
Taymouth and Hampton, recently announced the network they’ve formed to stop shale gas
development in New Brunswick, and their next step is to hold another rally to continue sending
their message to the provincial government that the shale gas industry is not welcome here.

This grassroots movement has committed itself to informing their fellow New Brunswickers of
the dangers of shale gas. “It’s shameful that our government has not honestly engaged and
informed its citizens of the dangers of this industry,” says Debra Hopper, a spokesperson for Our
Environment, Our Choice, Notre Environnement, Notre Choix. “We have an intelligent group
here. We have done our homework; now the government needs to do the same. It has been
reading off of cheat sheets provided by industry. The same tired lines that we’re all sick of
hearing. The people of New Brunswick have a right to know what we are really facing.”

“We ask that our government do its job in protecting our life sustaining resources against an
industry that is advancing at an accelerated rate and that threatens our quality of life for
generations to come. Once the damages are done, there is no return,” says Patricia Léger,
spokesperson for Memramcook Action. “We cannot expect industry to warn us of the dangers of
this toxic method of extracting natural gas and our government seems to only be listening to
industry.”

In our ongoing effort to get the facts about the dangers of shale gas drilling out into the open, a
second march is being held this time in Moncton.  It will begin at 12:00 noon at the Hal Betts
Ball Fields – Moncton SportPlex, located at 250 Assomption Blvd at the corner of Vaughn
Harvey. Protesters will march along Vaughn Harvey Blvd, and down Main Street before
congregating at Moncton City Hall, next to SWN Offices.  We invite all water drinkers and air
breathers to join us in our PEACEFUL display of democracy in action. 

At City Hall, there will be speakers from various groups and communities from across the
province, including the Youth Environmental Action Network, Elsipogtog First Nation, Friends
of Mount Carleton, the Maliseet Grand Council, and Ban Fracking NB. 

Media Contacts:
Our Environment, Our Choice, Notre Envrionnement, Notre Choix, Denise Melanson: 523-9467
Quality of Life Initiative, Otty Forgrave: 839-2326
CCNB Action, Stephanie Merrill: 261-8317
Ban Fracking NB, Terri Telasco: 866-7658
New Brunswickers Against Fracking, Mary de La Valette: 369-1995
Council of Canadians, St. John Chapter, Carol Ring: 847-0953
Grand Lake Watershed Guardians, Amy Sullivan: 339-1980 or 339-5324
Sierra Club Atlantic, Hazel Richardson: 452-8915

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Appels à l'action

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

dimanche 30 avril 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”.

APPEL À L'ACTION: Rétablir le financement au Réseau canadien de l’environnement

vendredi 3 février 2017
by Raissa Marks
APPEL À L’ACTION - Le Réseau canadien de l’environnement (RCEN) et ses réseaux provinciaux affiliés ont besoin de votre aide !

Dans le passé, le Réseau canadien de l’environnement et les réseaux provinciaux affiliés incluant le RENB ont reçu un financement annuel de base du gouvernement du Canada. Ce financement était utilisé pour faciliter le réseautage sur les questions environnementales nationales, pour coordonner les caucus nationaux et provinciaux sur les enjeux spécifiques, pour coordonner la participation des ONGE aux processus de consultation publique du gouvernement fédéral, et pour maintenir actives les lignes de communication entre les ONGE et le gouvernement fédéral.

En 2011, à la suite des réductions systématiques de budget des organisations civiles par l’administration fédérale précédente, toutes les subventions fédérales au RCEN et à ses réseaux provinciaux affiliés ont été coupées. Ce qui a laissé le réseau national et la plupart des réseaux affiliés se débrouiller principalement grâce au bénévolat avec des moyens limités pour accomplir leur travail.

On espère que l’administration actuelle va renouveler le financement du RCEN lors du prochain budget. Ce financement est essentiel pour la survie du réseau national et pour plusieurs des réseaux provinciaux affiliés. Une proposition a été soumise. C’est le temps maintenant de démontrer l’appui solide et immédiat des groupes environnementaux et de la population partout au pays.

C’est ici que vous entrez en jeu !

Veuillez prendre quelques minutes pour écrire au premier ministre Trudeau et à votre député pour leur dire pourquoi vous estimez le RCEN, votre réseau provincial affilié, ou le réseautage environnemental à l’échelle nationale en général. N’hésitez pas à utiliser le modèle de lettre inclus ci-dessous. Vous pouvez la personnaliser en vous fondant sur votre expérience ou simplement la copier-coller.

L’adresse électronique du premier ministre Trudeau est justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca et vous pouvez trouver l’adresse électronique de votre député au http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parliamentarians/fr/members.

Démontrons à nos politiciens fédéraux qu’une communauté environnementale de base bien connectée est essentielle pour un Canada fort !

Modèle de lettre suggérée :

Monsieur le premier ministre,

Je vous écris pour vous demander que le financement annuel de base accordé au Réseau canadien de l’environnement (RCEN) soit rétabli.

Traditionnellement, le RCEN a fourni un lien essentiel entre les groupes environnementaux grands et petits à travers le Canada. Ces liens sont vitaux pour aider les collectivités à s’occuper des enjeux environnementaux dans tout le pays et pour s’assurer qu’une approche robuste au développement d’une politique environnementale existe au Canada.

Depuis que les subventions ont été éliminées en 2011, le RCEN et la plupart de ses réseaux provinciaux affiliés ont dû fonctionner principalement en se fondant sur le bénévolat avec une capacité réduite pour accomplir leur travail. Ce n’est pas acceptable. Une communauté environnementale de base bien connectée est essentielle pour un Canada fort. Je vous encourage à rétablir immédiatement le financement de base pour ces travaux importants.

Recevez, monsieur le premier ministre, l’expression de notre haute considération.