Steering Committee



The Gaia Project

Nicolas Bastien

VerTige (Mathieu-Martin)

Mylène Chavarie

Falls Brook Centre

Afton Conneely

Eco Action Society

Taylor Crosby
Nature Trust of New Brunswick

Richelle Dawn Martin

Friends of Mount Carleton

Lee Reed

Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group

Wiebke Tinney


Organization Location
Aboriginal Rights Coalition Atlantic Riverview
Atlantic Salmon Federation St. Andrews
Bathurst Sustainable Development Bathurst
Belleisle Watershed Coalition Inc. Hatfield Point
Bird Studies Canada - Atlantic Region Sackville
Canaan-Washademoak Watershed Association Fredericton
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - New Brunswick Chapter Fredericton
Cape Jourimain Nature Centre Inc. Bayfield
Centre culturel et sportif de Cormier Village Cormier Village
Cité des jeunes vert l'environnement Edmundston
Citizens Coalition for Clean Air Saint John
Club de naturalistes de la péninsule acadienne Pokemouche
Community Forests International Sackville
Concerned Citizens of Penobsquis Penobsquis
Concerned Citizens of Saint John Saint John
Conservation Council of New Brunswick Inc. Fredericton
Corn Hill and Area Residents Association Cornhill
Council of Canadians - Fredericton Chapter Fredericton
Council of Canadians-Kent County Chapter Bass River
Darlings Island Nauwigewauk Fracking Intervention Darlings Island
Eastern Canada Soil and Water Conservation Centre Grand-Sault
EcoVie Kedgwick
Eco Action Society Sackville
EOS Eco-Energy Inc. Sackville
Falls Brook Centre Fredericton
Fredericton Area Watersheds Association Fredericton
Fredericton High School Environmental Club Fredericton
Friends of Mount Carleton Provincial Park Inc. Plaster Rock
Friends of Rockwood Park Saint John
Friends of the Musquash Saint John
Grand Manan Whale and Seabird Research Station Grand Manan
Groupe Littoral et vie Moncton
Hampton Water First Hampton
Harvey Lake Association INC Harvey
Imaginons la Péninsule acadienne autrement Inkerman
Kopit Lodge Elsipogtog
Meduxnekeag River Association Woodstock
Memramcook Action Memramcook
Nashwaak Watershed Association Inc. Fredericton
Nature Conservancy of Canada - Atlantic Region Fredericton
Nature Moncton Moncton
Nature NB Fredericton
Nature Trust of New Brunswick Fredericton
New Brunswick Community Land Trust Sackville
New Brunswick Lung Association Fredericton
New Brunswick Salmon Council Fredericton
New Brunswickers Against Fracking Porter Cove
OCIA-Atlantic Salisbury-West
Oromocto River Watershed Association Inc. Oromocto
Our Environment, Our Choice St. Louis-De-Kent
Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group Cocagne
Penniac Anti-Shale Gas Organization Mount Hope
People of Earth Allied for Creation Not Extinction Rothesay
Post Carbon Greater Moncton Moncton
Public for the Protection of the Forests of New Brunswick Rogerville
Quality of Life Initiative Southfield
Red Head-Anthony's Cove Preservation Association Saint John
Resnet Inc. Edmundston
River Road Community Alliance, Inc. Saint John
Sentinelles Petitcodiac Riverkeeper Moncton
Sierra Club Canada Foundation - Atlantic Canada Chapter Halifax
Société d'aménagement de la rivière Madawaska et du lac Témiscouata, inc. Edmundston
Southeastern Anglers Association Cocagne
Stop Spraying New Brunswick Fredericton
Sustainable Energy Group - Carleton County Woodstock
Symbiose Moncton
Tantramar Alliance Against Hydrofracking Sackville
The Gaia Project Fredericton
Trees International Darlings Island
UNBSJ Green Society Saint John
VerTige   (Mathieu-Martin) Dieppe
Verts Rivages Shippagan
Voices for Sustainable Environments and Communities Village of Gagetown


Organization Location
Association des bassins versants de la grande et petite rivière Tracadie Tracadie-Sheila
Canadian Rivers Institute Fredericton
Centre d'animation jeunesse de Tracadie-Sheila Tracadie-Sheila
Chaleur Bay Watersheds Nigadoo
Comité de gestion environnementale de la rivière Pokemouche Paquetville
Ducks Unlimited Canada Fredericton
Eastern Charlotte Waterways Inc. Blacks Harbour
Friends of the Kouchibouguacis Saint-Louis-de-Kent
Fundy Biosphere Reserve Moncton
Fundy Model Forest Lower Cove
Green Eye Co-operative Ltd. Havelock
Groupe Initiatives Vertes de Bouctouche Bouctouche
Kennebecasis River Watershed Restoration Committee Sussex
Maliseet Nation Conservation Council Fredericton
Miramichi River Environmental Assessment Committee Miramichi
New Brunswick Alliance of Lake Associations Blacks Harbour
New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance Riverside Albert
New Brunswick Federation of Labour - Environment & Safety Committee Moncton
Parc écologique de la Péninsule acadienne Lamèque
Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance Moncton
Restigouche River Watershed Management Council Campbellton
Saint John Chapter Council of Canadians Saint John
Shediac Bay Watershed Association Shediac
Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence Coalition on Sustainability Charlottetown
St. Croix Estuary Project Inc. Dufferin
Stonehammer Geopark Saint John
Tabusintac Watershed Association Tabusintac
Vision H2O Cap-Pelé

Upcoming Events

Corn Hill Nursery: Honey Blossom Festival
Sat, Jun 3rd, 2017
Corn Hill Nursery

Atlantic Canada Peatlands and Wetlands Summit
Tue, Jun 6th, 2017

Corn Hill Nursery: Seasons of Colour
Sat, Jun 10th, 2017
Corn Hill Nursery

Action Alerts

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
  • 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,

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”.

ACTION ALERT: Reinstate funding to the Canadian Environmental Network

Friday, 03 February 2017
by Raissa Marks
The Canadian Environmental Network and its provincial affiliate networks need your help!

Historically, the Canadian Environmental Network and its provincial affiliate networks including the NBEN received annual core funding from the Government of Canada. This was used to facilitate networking on environmental issues across the country, coordinate national and provincial issue-based caucuses, coordinate ENGO participation in federal public consultation processes, and maintain open lines of communication between ENGOs and the federal government.

In 2011, as part of the across-the-board cuts to civil society organizations by the previous federal government, all federal funding to the RCEN and its provincial affiliate networks was cut. This left the national network and most of the affiliates with functioning primarily on a voluntary basis with limited capacity to do their work.

There is hope that the current government will provide for renewed funding in its upcoming budget. This funding is crucial for the survival of the national network and many of the provincial affiliate networks. A proposal has been submitted. It now needs strong and immediate support from environmental groups and individuals across the country.

This is where you come in!

Please take a few minutes to write to Prime Minister Trudeau and your MP telling them why you value the RCEN, your provincial affiliate network, or environmental networking at the national level in general. Feel free to use the template letter provided below. You can personalize it based on your experience or simply copy and paste.

Trudeau’s email is and you can find your MP’s email here:

Let’s show our federal politicians that a strong, well-connected grassroots environmental community is essential to a strong Canada!

Draft Template Letter:

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

I am writing to ask that annual core funding to the Canadian Environmental Network (RCEN) be reinstated.

Historically, the RCEN provided a crucial link between environmental groups across the country, both large and small. This link was vital in helping communities address environmental issues right across the country and ensuring a robust approach to the development of environmental policy in Canada.

Since funding was cut in 2011, the RCEN and most of its provincial affiliate networks have been functioning primarily on a voluntary basis with limited capacity to do their work. This is not acceptable. A strong, well-connected grassroots environmental community is essential to a strong Canada. I urge you to reinstate core funding for this crucial work immediately.

Membres et associés du RENB