The rights of farmers and other Canadians to save, reuse, exchange, and sell seeds are under attack again.

On November 13, 2013, Canada’s Agriculture Minister, Gerry Ritz, announced that Canada plans to sign on to UPOV ’91 by August 1 2014. On December 9, 2013 he introduced an omnibus agriculture bill in Parliament, called the "Agricultural Growth Act" which contains the required amendments to the Plant Breeders Rights Act to conform with UPOV '91 among other measures.

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All shale gas opponents: Please take steps to sign this letter demanding that Environment Canada include fracking  chemicals in the National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI). EC originally included them but is backtracking (what else is new?)

 
Canadians need to know about what chemicals are being used in fracking. EC’s position that hydraulic fracturing is not covered by NPRI is not acceptable. 
 
Click here
to use the WCELA online form letter or email EC at inrp-npri@ec.gc.ca">inrp-npri@ec.gc.ca by SATURDAY February 8, 2014 to tell them what you think.
 
DO IT PLEASE!

We've been waiting over a year since many hundreds of people who care about New Brunswick's wilderness submitted comments to the provincial government on a proposal for new protected natural areas. The candidate areas included old forests, sensitive wildlife habitats, and wild rivers located in all corners of New Brunswick. More than a year later, the province still hasn’t announced what will happen with those candidate areas and while we wait for them to decide, industrial development approvals are proceeding at a rapid pace.

We need your help to keep the pot boiling so these proposed protected areas don’t drop off the province’s agenda. Please take a moment right now to send a simple letter to the Minister of Natural Resources, asking about the status of these candidate protected areas.

Take Action Now - Go to this link to write a letter: http://org.salsalabs.com/o/2463/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=14746kedgwick river small

Currently, only 3% of New Brunswick is under any form of permanent protection. With your help, we can change that. Take action today!

Nous avons attendu plus d'un an depuis des supporters de la SNAP ont fait part au gouvernement provincial de leurs commentaires sur une proposition pour de nouvelles aires naturelles protégées, qui représentent des forêts anciennes, des habitats sauvages vulnérables et des rivières sauvages situés dans tous les coins de la Nouveau-Brunswick.

Plus d’une année s’est écoulée et la province n’a pas encore fait l’annonce de ce qui se produira avec ces aires proposées et pendant que nous attendons qu’une décision soit prise, les approbations de développement industriel avancent à grands pas.

Nous avons besoin de votre aide pour nous aider à alimenter le feu, de façon à ce que ces aires protégées proposées ne soient pas éliminées du programme de la province. Veuillez prendre un moment immédiatement pour envoyer une lettre au ministre des Ressources naturelles, lui demandant l’état de ces demandes d’aires protégées proposées.

Envoyer une lettre mainteant, ici: http://org.salsalabs.com/o/2463/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=14747

À l’heure actuelle, seulement 3 % de la superficie du Nouveau-Brunswick bénéficie d’une forme permanente de protection. Grâce à votre aide, nous pouvons remédier à cette situation. Agissez dès aujourd’hui !

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Photo: R. Clowater/CPAWS NB - la rivière Restigouche

 UNITY AND SOLIDARITY RALLY

Poster and Feather Cut-out Worksheet

 

Nov 05 at 07:30 AM - Nov 05 at 01:00 PM

 

 

Vist the Facebook page: PEACE & FRIENDSHIP GATHERING:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1416688618553850/

http://www.nben.ca/en/get-involved/eco-event-calendar/viewevent/822-unity-a-solidarity-rally

We encourage people and groups from throughout New Brunswick to share this link and download the attached Event Poster for prominent  display in your community.

 

Also attached is a Feather Worksheet to create your own cut-out paper feathers which we encourage everyone to bring to the rally and gathering.  These sheets can be printed in a variety of coloured paper stock, as indicated in the instructions on the sheet.

 

NOVEMBER 5 POSTER HIGH RESOLUTION PDF

NOVEMBER 5 POSTER LOW RESOLUTION PDF

NOVEMBER 5 POSTER JPEG

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Upcoming Events


Roundtable on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation
Mon, Oct 23rd, 2017
Halifax

Government Pre-Budget Public Consultation
Mon, Oct 23rd, 2017
Moncton

Bea Johnson on Zero Waste Living
Tue, Oct 24th, 2017

Action Alerts

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”.
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