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Bringing communities and schools together, one tree planting at a time!

Monday, 25 September 2017
by Pascale Léa Ouellette
For immediate release
Date: September 18th, 2017

Dundas, NB - This past Friday, the New Brunswick Environmental Network in collaboration with École Notre-Dame and the Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group launched the 2017 Branch Out, Make Waves challenge at École Notre-Dame.

“Branch Out, Make Waves” challenges youth and community groups to work together in their local community to help conserve New Brunswick landscapes and shorelines. Over 400 young New Brunswickers participated last year, together planting 1254 trees and cleaning 20 hectares of shoreline!

“This is a great opportunity for youth to contribute to conservation and to create partnerships with environmental groups in their community. I look forward to the 2017 challenge and what it will bring,” said Pascale Ouellette, Education and Outreach Programs Coordinator with the New Brunswick Environmental Network.

The launch on the 15th was also one of the 150 tree planting events across the country in 2017 to commemorate Canada’s 150th. This project is made possible in part by the Government of Canada, Tree Canada, the EcoAction Community Funding Program, UNI Coopération FInancière, and the many dedicated volunteers across the province.
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Contact Person:
Pascale Ouellette, Education and Outreach Programs Coordinator, NBEN
Tel: 506-855-4144
Email: nben@nben.ca

 
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Tree Canada representative, Fabrice Parisi, speaking on Tree Canada’s role in tree planting events through Canada.

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Students of École Notre-Dame welcoming ceremony attendees.

Check it out: Every Living Thing – Experiencing a bioblitz

Wednesday, 05 April 2017
by Raissa Marks
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The documentary film, Every Living Thing -­ experiencing a bioblitz, will take you on an amazing journey of what it's like to spend four weeks over two summers exploring all aspects of nature – fish, insects, plants, fungi, reptiles, amphibians and mammals - that live in NB’s own Grand Lake Protected Natural Area.

Celebrate the UN Decade of Biodiversity – host a film screening in your community!

Unlike reality TV, this documentary film features real scientists speaking about real issues affecting real people living in real communities.

Every Living Thing was produced by NB-based company, Flower Power Production, in collaboration with the New Brunswick Museum's BiotaNB program.  BiotaNB is a 20-year biodiversity research project to identify and catalogue as many species in the province of New Brunswick, before human encroachment and climate change intensifies.  The NBEN is partnering with Flower Power Production to promote community film screenings of this film across Canada. 

News From Groups

30 Days of Biodiversity

Thursday, 05 October 2017
by Nature Trust of New Brunswick
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

30 Days of Biodiversity

(Fredericton, NB) Across New Brunswick, local organizations are supporting the conservation of biodiversity through research, restoration, and education initiatives, which engage people in their communities. These organizations are passionate about promoting and protecting biodiversity in our beautiful province. Many of these initiatives will be featured in the new 30 Days of Biodiversity campaign, which will run through the month of October. The New Brunswick Biodiversity Collaborative will be promoting one initiative per day on social media and various websites.
"We are so fortunate in New Brunswick to have such a rich natural heritage,” said Nadine Ives with the Conservation Council of New Brunswick. “New Brunswickers care about nature and it's wonderful that so many groups and individuals are sharing their passion for species and habitats and working hard to understand and protect them. We are delighted to feature these great initiatives through our '30 Days for Biodiversity’ campaign." You can check out all the initiatives here: http://nben.ca/en/biodiversity-initiatives-in-new-brunswick

During “30 Days of Biodiveristy”, initiatives from more than 20 organizations will be featured. Examples of these initiatives include the New Brunswick Alliance of Lake Associations’s Invasive Plant Patrol Program, which aims to prevent the introduction and spread of non-native plant species. These invaders can cause habitat destruction, and loss of plant and animal communities, and other problems. Another program, hosted by Nature NB since 2016, has been producing guides for children that they can use to identify birds, frogs, trees and more in their own backyards. These are available in both French and English, and are free for any child in New Brunswick.

These are just two of the many biodiversity initiatives in our province.  Environmental groups, community groups, researcher, and others are encouraged to submit their initiatives to be featured, which can be done here: http://nben.ca/en/biodiversity-initiatives-in-new-brunswick.

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About Biodiversity: Biological diversity, or biodiversity for short, refers to the variety of all living things, as well as the ecosystems and natural processes that support them. The province of New Brunswick has a provincial strategy that focuses on conserving biodiversity and using biological resources in a sustainable manner. The provincial strategy aligns with the Canadian Biodiversity Strategy established to support Canada’s obligations to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, which provides a Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, including the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, for the 2011-2020 period.

About the Collaborative Effort on Biodiversity in New Brunswick: The Collaborative Effort on Biodiversity in New Brunswick is a multi-stakeholder effort to address the protection of biodiversity and species-at-risk. The aim of the collaborative is to work together to enhance stewardship activities on the ground and provide a comprehensive approach to the protection of biodiversity in the province. Involved agencies are diverse; the collaborative brings together citizens’ conservation and environmental groups, federal, provincial, and municipal government, academics and researchers, rural and municipal planners, and businesses to work in a spirit of cooperation.

Media Contacts

Raissa Marks, New Brunswick Environmental Network, raissa.marks@nben.ca | 506-855-4144

Nadine Ives, Conservation Council of New Brunswick, nadine@conservationcouncil.ca | 506-458-8747

Curtis Richardson, Nature Trust of New Brunswick, curtis.richardson@ntnb.org | 506-457-2398

Conservation on Canvas opens at the New Brunswick Museum on October 5th

Wednesday, 04 October 2017
by Nature Trust of New Brunswick
Conservation on Canvas, an Exhibition of paintings of New Brunswick’s Nature Trust Nature Preserves by artist Michael McEwing, opens at the New Brunswick Museum on October 5th



(Saint John, NB) - In celebration of the Nature Trust of New Brunswick’s 30th anniversary, Conservation on Canvas, an exhibition of paintings featuring Nature Trust of New Brunswick Nature Preserves by New Brunswick artist and art educator Michael McEwing opens at the New Brunswick Museum on Thursday, 5 October 2017, from 5-7 PM.  The exhibition, a partnership between the Nature Trust of New Brunswick and the New Brunswick Museum showcases the natural beauty of New Brunswick.  A series of 33 oil paintings captures unique ecosystems and landscapes of Nature Trust preserves from around the province. The exhibition will travel throughout New Brunswick in 2018, and will be accompanied by art-in-nature workshops, immersing visitors in the natural wonders that surround us in our beautiful province.

The project began nearly four years ago, when Michael McEwing approached the Nature Trust with the idea to capture the beauty of Nature Trust preserves on canvas. “Early on, it began to dawn on me that this project would become about more than just exploring and painting nature preserves,” says McEwing, “it has become just as much about the incredible people who have joined me on the journey. The inspiration and knowledge that has been shared from the Nature Trust board members, staff, and volunteers is now embedded in the works themselves--a merger of artistic expression and passion for the biodiversity of nature."

Featuring preserves from Grand Manan and Blacks Harbour in the lower Bay of Fundy, to Shea Lake in the North, the Conservation on Canvas exhibition is a diverse showcase of New Brunswick’s landscapes and biodiversity. McEwing explains; “This series invites the viewer to join me on this adventure of discovering the wide diversity and unique ecology of these outstanding nature preserves.”  The goal of the project is to raise awareness of the natural diversity across New Brunswick, and to celebrate land conservation as a means of ensuring these landscapes and habitat remain protected for future generations.

“The Nature Trust is proud to be continuing our partnership with the New Brunswick Museum and the art community.” says Vice President of the Nature Trust’s Board, Wayne Burley, “it has been a joy to see these paintings take shape, depicting the varying landscapes of our province, and leaving a legacy like the nature preserves they represent. The community has rallied behind this project from day one, and have supported the art-in-nature workshops we’ve hosted.”  Burley has been involved with the project as an advisor since it began.

“Our province’s landscape has been the subject of many artists’ work for over two and a half centuries – Michael McEwing’s  focused attention captures a beauty that is worthy of both our attention and our preservation efforts,“ states Peter Larocque, New Brunswick Museum Art Curator. “The New Brunswick Museum is very pleased to continue our longstanding collaboration with the Nature Trust of New Brunswick and to help share the ongoing exploration of the province’s natural beauty and to showcase the talent of its contemporary artists.”

The exhibition will remain at the New Brunswick Museum until mid-January 2018.  It will travel then travel to the Andrew & Laura McCain Art Gallery in Florenceville-Bristol, the Sunbury Shores Arts & Nature Centre in Saint Andrews and the Grand Manan Art Gallery and the Grand Manan Museum.  The exhibition tour will conclude at Government House in Fredericton in fall 2018. Art-in-nature workshops and guided excursions on nearby nature preserves will accompany the exhibition at each location, led by McEwing, fellow artists, and naturalists, that will allow guests to deepen their knowledge of local biodiversity and create their own masterpieces.

All are welcome to join the artist and representatives of the organizing partners at the free exhibition opening at the New Brunswick Museum on October 5th at 5-7 PM.

Financial support for this project has also been graciously given by TD, McCain Foods, Stewart McKelvey and other supporters.

For more information:

Caitlin Griffiths or Aristi Dsilva, Communications & Marketing, New Brunswick Museum
(506) 654-7059 or (506) 643-2358
info@nbm-mnb.ca

Curtis Richardson, Communications Coordinator, Nature Trust of New Brunswick
(506) 457-2398
curtis.richardson@ntnb.org

Green Jobs

Environmental Programs Assistant

Wednesday, 11 October 2017
by Raissa Marks
Location: Moncton, NB with some travel around New Brunswick

Position Status: 6 month position

Hours: Full-time [37.5 hours per week]

Wage: $15 per hour

Start Date: ASAP but position will remain open until filled

New Brunswick Environmental Network is a non-profit, bilingual communication network linking over 100 environmental groups across the province. The network is the heartbeat of the environmental movement, with a mission “to encourage and facilitate networking and communication among member groups in order to advance their work, to protect the Earth, to promote ecologically sound ways of life and to strengthen the environmental movement in New Brunswick.”

The Environmental Programs Assistant will support staff in delivery of programs and services to non-profit environmental groups across New Brunswick. This will include support for collaborative work on topics such as biodiversity, climate change adaptation, children’s environmental health, sustainability education, transitioning to a low-carbon economy, forest management and other issues. Duties will include:
  • Administrative support for joint projects and initiatives
  • Organizing meetings and conferences
  • Outreach to Francophone environmental groups in the northern part of the province
  • Communication with stakeholders
  • Developing and updating website content
Qualifications:
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in French and English
  • Background in biology, geography, environmental science or related field
  • Knowledgeable and passionate about environmental issues
  • Organizational and coordination skills
  • Strong computer skills
  • Out-going and personable
  • Self-motivated and adaptable, able to work as an individual and as part of a team.
  • Background in the environmental or non-profit sector
This role is offered as part of the Clean Leaders Science Horizons Internship program administered by Clean NS. In order to be eligible, candidates must be:
  • Recent graduates (less than three years) from a post-secondary program
  • No more than 30 years of age at the start of the internship
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons granted refugee status in Canada
  • Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
  • Available to work for at least six months
  • Unemployed or underemployed
Application Process:
  1. To confirm your eligibility, apply to be an intern here: https://clean-foundation.hivebrite.com/networks/clean-foundation/custom_page/be-an-intern-soyez-un-stagiaire
  2. Create your account on Clean NS’s Hive, and browse the Job Board. Apply for the Environmental Programs Assistant posting. You will be contacted if you are selected for an interview.
  3. Once you are hired, Clean NS will work with you and the NBEN to get the required documents signed prior to the start of your internship.
  4. You can start your internship once all the required documents are finalized. At the halfway mark and the end of the internship, you will need to respond to a survey that will serve as a progress report, along with at minimum two check-ins with Clean NS (via phone or, when possible, in person).

Employment Opportunity - Conservation Assistant

Thursday, 14 September 2017
by Roberta Clowater, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - New Brunswick Chapter
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - New Brunswick Chapter (CPAWS NB) is the provincial branch of a national conservation charity. We encourage the protection of our province’s wild ecosystems in protected areas, and work to ensure that nature comes first in parks management. CPAWS NB is looking for an enthusiastic self-starter to help develop and promote protected areas campaigns for the land and ocean in New Brunswick. The successful candidate will be someone who can effectively work independently with little supervision, and who is able to quickly identify solutions to problems.

Duties
If you are the successful applicant, you will develop your skills in communicating nature conservation issues to the public, and building relationships to advance protected areas campaigns. The Conservation Assistant’s duties will include, but not be limited to, the following:
a) Undertaking research to contribute to communications materials regarding our ocean conservation, wilderness conservation and park management work;
b) Writing content for and designing materials for our educational and awareness programs;
c) Promoting, scheduling and leading our Watch Your Paws educational program (in English and French) in schools and with youth groups;
d) Organizing, promoting and attending meetings, outdoor activities and events with volunteers, community organizations, and community leaders in various parts of New Brunswick;
e) Helping to coordinate the activities of summer students and volunteers;
f) Writing reports on research findings, taking minutes at meetings, and writing briefing notes, backgrounders, content for newsletters, websites and social media;
g) Assisting with grant proposals and other fundraising activities.

The successful applicant:
a) Has a post-secondary degree from a college or university, from any of these fields: Environmental Studies, Natural Sciences, Environmental Policy, Environmental Education or a related field with an interest in working in the conservation sector;
b) Is currently under-employed and living in New Brunswick, or willing to relocate to New Brunswick;
c) Has experience and interest in nature conservation issues, communicating with the public, volunteer management or community outreach;
d) Has strong research and writing skills;
e) Has proficiency with Word, Publisher, Excel, PowerPoint and/or other similar software, and well-developed communications skills online, with various social media;
f) Has exceptional organizational skills and ability to track and report on the details of various aspects of projects;
g) Has proven leadership abilities, ability to take initiative, ability to work independently with limited supervision and to develop own work plan to achieve assigned tasks;
h) Has a valid New Brunswick driver’s license, and the ability to travel throughout New Brunswick;
i) Has Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or has been granted refugee status in Canada and is legally entitled to work in New Brunswick.
j) The ability to communicate in both English and French are strong assets for this position.

This position will be based out of Fredericton, with some travel throughout New Brunswick. The position will be 30-37.5 hours per week, for at least 6 months, with the potential for extension.

To apply for this position, please submit a resume and cover letter, describing how you meet the qualifications for this position. We require the names and contact information of three professional references. Please, no phone calls or drop-ins. Please apply, by email only, before September 21, 2017 to: rclowater[at]cpaws.org (replace at with the symbol).

For more information about CPAWS NB, please visit our web site: www.cpawsnb.org   


Upcoming Events


Intact Foundation Climate Change Adaptation Grant: Deadline
Tue, Oct 17th, 2017


Government Pre-Budget Public Consultation
Tue, Oct 17th, 2017
Edmundston

Nature Moncton October Meeting
Tue, Oct 17th, 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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