For generations, families from Napadogan to Stanley, Taymouth to Marysville, and many points in between and beyond, have flocked to the banks of the Nashwaak River and its beautiful tributaries to swim, fish, paddle and — of course — forage for fresh fiddleheads.

This legacy is threatened by a proposal to build a large open-pit mine and tailings waste facility at the headwaters of the pristine watershed.
Act today to help protect the waters we love from the Sisson Mine

The Sisson Partnership is currently applying for permission to dump mining waste into portions of the Nashwaak watershed. The federal government, through Environment and Climate Change Canada, is accepting comments from the public until May 3, 2018.

We’ve partnered with our friends at the Nashwaak Watershed Association and other concerned groups to make it easy for you to speak up for the Nashwaak watershed, the people and families who live along and downstream of its banks, and the wildlife, including brook trout and Atlantic salmon, who depend upon the health of these waters.

Use our pre-written letter (that you can edit/add with your concerns and story) to have your say today. 

Want to know more about the proposed Sisson Mine and the risk it poses to the Nashwaak and downstream communities like Napadogan, Stanley, Taymouth, Marysville and Fredericton?
Check out our blog, Sisson Mine Proposal: An open-pit mine in the heart of upper Nashwaak River valley Learn about the latest news with the project.
Read our article, What the Mount Polley tailings disaster has to teach us to protect the Nashwaak from the Sisson mine
Read our op-ed about building an economy that puts water protection at the forefront.
Learn more from our friends at the Nashwaak Watershed Association.
Photo credit for image of deer on the Nashwaak River: Michiko Nishijima, who lives in the Nashwaak watershed.

For countless generations, people in New Brunswick have cherished the wildlife and beauty of their natural surroundings. We have adopted many deeply rooted outdoor traditions that take us to the rivers, lakes, wetlands, forests, and coastlines of our beautiful province in all seasons of the year. Help protect the wild places that you love so that your family, children, and grandchildren will be able to enjoy them forever.

Over 95% of New Brunswick is currently unprotected and open to exploitation that could harm wildlife and damage the natural beauty of our province, and we need to act now to change that.

A Water Strategy for New Brunswick

On October 6, 2017, the department of Environment and Local Government released a draft water strategy for comments. The draft strategy is available on the government website. Comments can be submitted by email to: waterstrategy-strategiedeleau@gnb.ca or by mail to: Department of Environment and Local Government, Policy and Planning Division, P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, N.B., E3B 5H1. Comments will be accepted until November 20, 2017.

In order to help groups with their submissions, the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, in cooperation with watershed groups, has put together key elements of a watershed strategy and a sample letter to send to the Department.

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.
 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

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