Eco-Confluence
October 27-28, 2017

The Ville, 241 Canada Street, Fredericton

Assembly of All Groups:
A little information goes a long way and we can build on one another’s efforts.  Share key information with groups around the province and learn about other groups’ current issues, priorities, tools, and approaches. 


Mobilizing in Election Years: It’s never too early to start thinking about the next election.  New Brunswickers will go to the polls on September 24, 2018.  Tips & tools to help shine light on environmental protection.

Building Relationships: Relationships are always front and centre in our work.  One of our key goals is to build relationships between indigenous environmentalists and non-indigenous environmental groups.  How can we build on existing efforts to advance meaningful connections?

Annual General Meeting: We can accomplish a lot when we work together!  Hear about the latest successes and on-going collaborative initiatives happening under the NBEN umbrella and welcome new groups to the Network.

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Draft Agenda

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27  
6:00-6:30 pm Registration & Networking  
6:30-9:00 pm The Blanket Exercise  A powerful interactive learning experience that teaches Indigenous rights history
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28  
8:30-9:00 am Registration & Networking  
9:00-9:15 am Welcome & Introductions  
9:15-10:15 am

Annual General Meeting

Welcoming new groups

Steering Committee elections

Policy resolutions

Unveil new logo
10:15-10:45 am Assembly of All Groups I

Climate Change:

Energy East Pipeline, Lynaya Astephen, Red Head-Anthony's Cove Preservation Association

Peace & Friendship Alliance, Lynaya Astephen, Red Head-Anthony's Cove Preservation Association

Adapting to climate change in south-eastern NB, Adam Cheeseman, Nature NB

Transitioning to a low-carbon economy, Sam Arnold, Sustainable Energy Group

A just transition for workers

10:45-11:15 am Networking Break  
11:15 am-12:30 pm Assembly of All Groups II Biodiversity:

Meeting our international protected areas targets, Vanessa Roy-McDougall, Nature NB

Conservation on private land, Aaron Dowding, Nature Trust of New Brunswick

Natural area conservation plans, Josh Noseworthy, Nature Conservancy of Canada

Facing the sale of a piece of Rockwood Park in Saint John AGAIN, Joan Pearce, Friends of Rockwood Park

Policy as a tool for preventing vehicle-wildlife collisions, Wanda Baxter, Sierra Club Canada Foundation - Atlantic Canada Chapter

30 Days of Biodiversity, Nadine Ives, Conservation Council of NB

Forests:

Measuring forest cover loss, Frank Johnston, Conservation Council of NB

Municipal resolutions against glyphosate, Margo Sheppard, Council of Canadians – Fredericton Chapter

Environmental Health:

Impacts of resource development on health, Bonnie Hamilton Bogart, Voices for Sustainable Environments and Communities

Campus food strategy, Ashlyn Brownell, Fredericton Campus Food Strategy Group
12:30-1:30 pm Lunch  
1:30-2:45 pm Assembly of All Groups III Water:

Watershed strategy technical working group, Donald Killorn, Eastern Charlotte Waterways

Fish passage on the Tobique, John Bagnall,  St. John Basin Salmon Recovery Inc.

Citizen freshwater monitoring programs, Danielle St. Louis, Eastern Charlotte Waterways

Atlantic Data Stream, Simon Mitchell, WWF Canada

Name restoration for the Wolastoq 

Education & Engagement:

Wild Child Forest School, Heidi Verhuel, Sierra Club Canada Foundation - Atlantic Canada Chapter

Outdoor train-the-trainer program for teachers, Nadine Ives, Conservation Council of New Brunswick, Roland Chiasson, Aster Group, Charlotte Flores, Falls Brook Centre
2:45-3:15 pm Networking Break  
3:15-4:15 pm Mobilizing in Election Years Lois Corbett, Conservation Council of New Brunswick
4:15-4:45 pm Wrestling with Big Challenges Small Group Discussions:

Communication: Keeping it positive to bring people in, Jon MacNeil, Conservation Council of NB

Corporate capture, Margo Sheppard, Council of Canadians Fredericton Chapter

Sustainable funding, Vanessa Roy-McDougall, Nature NB

Climate change & mental health, Amanda Marlin, EOS Eco-Energy
4:45-5:00 pm Wrap up  


whoscoming
Corinne Hersey, Joanie Dubé, Heidi Verhuel, Julie Reimer, Raja Wetuschat, Aaron Fraser, Annika Chiasson, Ariane Juneau-Godin, Wanda Baxter, Vanessa Roy-McDougall, Margo Sheppard, Kristin Elton, Frank Johnston, Raissa Marks, Theresa Johnston,  Charlotte Flores, Bonnie Hamilton Bogart, Zaheera Denath, Anne Reed, Richelle Martin, Simon Mitchell, John Yauss, Amelia Moore, Adam Cheeseman, Nadine Ives, Samuel Arnold, Happyness Kana, Lee Reed, Chuck Rouse, Aaron Dowding, Afton Conneely, Lynaya Astephen, Donald Killorn, Joan Pearce, Danielle St. Louis, Kelli-Nicole Croucher, Roy Ries, Kaleigh Holder, Lois Corbett, Roland Chiasson, Pascale Ouellette, Sabine Dietz, Ashlyn  Brownell, Amanda  Marlin, Josh Noseworthy, Jon MacNeil, Lindsay Gauvin, John Bagnall
November 19 2016, 8:30-5:00
St. Mary's Cultural Centre, corner of Cliffe and Dedham Streets, Fredericton

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  8:30 -
9:00
Registration
Meet & Greet
Silent Auction Opens
  9:00 -
9:20
Opening and Introductions

agmbigger 9:20 -
9:40
NBEN Update

bootcamp

9:40 -
10:10
Insider Know-how David Coon, MLA Fredericton-South

  10:10 -
10:30
Break
Anniversary Accolades
Silent Auction
bootcamp

10:30 -
11:20
Strategies of Influence Lois Corbett, Conservation Council of NB
Don Killorn, Eastern Charlotte Waterways
Francine Levesque, EcoVie
Sabine Dietz, Nature NB

Bonnie Hamiliton-Bogart, Voices for Sustainable Environments and Communities
Serge LaRochelle, Groupe de développement durable du Pays de Cocagne
Mark D'Arcy, Council of Canadians Fredericton Chapter
bootcamp

11:20 -
12:05

Cross-cultural Allies: How environmental groups and Indigenous people can work well together Alma Brooks, Peace and Friendship Alliance
Hugh Akagi, Passamaquoddy First Nation
Kenneth Francis, Kopit Lodge
Samantha Robichaud, Esgenoopetitj Watershed Association
Patricia Saulis, Maliseet Nation Conservation Council


agmbigger 12:05 -
12:20
NBEN Bylaw & Policy Amendments

  12:20 -
1:05
Lunch
Anniversary Cake!
Silent Auction
agmbigger 1:05 -
1:25
NBEN Groups:
Silver Seven Awards
Welcoming New Groups
assemblybigger 1:25 -
4:10

Assembly of All Groups

Legal Approaches 1:25 pm
Citizen enforcement and private prosecutions: Scott Kidd
Mount Carleton judicial review & UNDRIP update: Ron Tremblay
Right to information how-to: Mark D'Arcy
Climate Change 1:55 pm
Energy and climate literacy: Louise Comeau
Climate projects, a new approach: Amanda Marlin
Extreme Energy Campaigns 2:35 pm
Shale moratorium: Jim Emberger, Roy Ries
Lepreau retrofits: Sharon Murphy
Energy East: Jean-Louis Deveau, Taylor Crosby
Forests 3:00 pm
Elsipogtog Land Claim: Kenneth Francis
Spraying: Francine Levesque
Water 3:40 pm
Water classification: Simon Mitchell
Wetlands: Stephanie Merrill
Marine protected areas: Matt Abbott
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4:10-
4:30

Thinking Outside the Box

Tips & Tricks
Charitable status: To apply or not? 
Novel funding approaches: The successful and the untested

Successful partnerships: How and why they work
Students: Ideas to get student involved!
Young Adults: Opening up to young adults. What's the hook?
Communication among groups: Talking to your neighbours
agmbigger 4:30-
4:50
Steering Committee Elections
Policy Resolutions from the Floor
  4:50-
5:00
Closing

  5:05 Silent Auction Closes

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Celebrating 25 years of connecting people for the environment. Join us!

November 19 2016, 8:30-5:00
St. Mary's Cultural Centre, northwest corner of Cliffe and Dedham Streets, Fredericton


 bootcamp

 Affecting change and
influencing decision-making. 
 Exploring key ingredients.
  


Insider Know-how
      David Coon, MLA Fredericton-South

Strategies of Influence
       Lois Corbett, Conservation Council of NB
        Do
n Killorn, Eastern Charlotte Waterways
        Francine Levesque, EcoVie
       
Sabine Dietz, Nature NB
        Bonnie Hamilton Bogart, Voices for Sustainable Environments and Communities

        Serge LaRochelle, Groupe de développement durable du Pays de Cocagne
        Mark D'Arcy, Council of Canadians Fredericton Chapter
Cross-cultural Allies: How environmental groups and Indigenous people can work well together
        Alma Brooks, Peace and Friendship Alliance
        Hugh Akagi, Passamaquoddy First Nation
        Kenneth Francis, Kopit Lodge
        Samantha Robichaud, Esgenoopetitj Watershed Association
        Patricia Saulis, Maliseet Nation Conservation Council

 assembly

 Share key information.
 Issues, priorities, tools and approaches.



Legal Approaches

     Citizen enforcement and private prosecutions: Scott Kidd
     Mount Carleton judicial review & UNDRIP update: Ron Tremblay
     Right to information how-to: Mark D'Arcy

Climate Change
     Energy and climate literacy: Louise Comeau
     Climate projects, a new approach: Amanda Marlin
Extreme Energy Campaigns
     Shale moratorium: Jim Emberger, Roy Ries
     Lepreau retrofits: Sharon Murphy
     Energy East: Jean-Louis Deveau, Taylor Crosby
Forests
     Elsipogtog Land Claim: Kenneth Francis
     Spraying : Francine Levesque
Water
     Water classification: Simon Mitchell
     Wetlands : Stephanie Merrill
     Marine protected areas : Matt Abbott
Thinking Outside the Box: Tips and Tricks

     Charitable Status: To apply or not?
     Novel funding approaches: The successful and the untested
     Successful partnerships: How and why they work
     Students: Ideas to get student involved!
     Young Adults: Opening up to young adults. What's the hook?
     Communication among groups: Talking to your neighbours
 




agm  Celebrating 25 Years of Connecting People
  for the Environment!
  

  Inclusion policy for Mi'kmaq, Wəlastəkwey, Peskotomuhkati
  New members
  Steering Committee elections
  Recognizing the 7 groups who have been with the NBEN for 25 years!

 
YEAN  Youth Environmental Action Network 

  Environmental youth groups will have the chance to discuss environmental
  issues and how to be catalysts for change in New Brunswick.


children  Bring your children to Eco-Confluence!
   
  Fun and educational activities

  Environmental theme


 
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...and lots of others but we ran out of time to keep updating!...See you soon!
Francois Chiasson, Lisa Savoie-Ferron, Cynthia Pearson, Maurice Violette, Aaron Dowding, Jennifer Smith, Robena Weatherley, Katia McKercher, Mara Ostafichuk, Naia Noyes-West, Nicholas Carter, Jimmy Therrien, Sheryl Bartlett, Doug Kelly, Norma MacKellar, Peggy Woolsy, Corinne Hersey, Marley Caddell, Evan Young, Adam Cheeseman, William Millar, Caeleigh Marshall, Naomi Goldberg, Paula Noel, Élie Roussel, Jim Emberger, Stan Donovan, Mike McKinley, Marilyn Merritt-Gray, Serge Robichaud, Paul Belliveau, Peter Cronin, Paula Tippett, Karyn McPherson, Laurie Murison, Billie Joe Fowler, Lynn Melanson, Andrew  Halassy,
Chris Rouse, Tahara Briggs, Hugh Akagi, John Bagnall, Ron Tremblay, Roland Chiasson, Keith Helmuth, Taylor Crosby, Nadine Ives, Heather Almeda, Debra Hopper, Lorraine Savoie, Rémi Donelle, Zachary Bourque, Olivia DeYoung, Matthew Abbott, Pascale Ouellette, Christine McLauchlan, Raissa Marks, Joanie Kennah , Samantha Brewster, Lyanya Astephen, Brenda Kelley, David Coon, Paul McLaughlin, Vanessa Roy-McDougall, Richelle Martin, Samuel Arnold, Mary De La Valette, Roy Ries, Bonnie Hamilton-Bogart, Frank Johnston, Louise Comeau, Marie Ruitenberg, Dr. Arie A Ruitenberg, Rick Roth, Mary Ann Coleman, Lee Reed, Chloé Melanson, Marie-Soleil Morneau, Joanie Dubé, Nicolas Bastien, Jessica Bossé, Philip Blaney, Scott Kidd, Simon Mitchell, Sharon Murphy, Jean-Louis Deveau, Kenneth Francis, Wiebke Tinney, Alma Brooks, Mark D'Arcy, Christine Landry, Sabine Dietz, Lois Corbett, Serge LaRochelle,  Donald Killorn, Patrick Colford, Kenneth Francis, Samantha Robichaud, Afton Conneely, Amanda Marlin

Complete agenda available here.

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Spotlight

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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. 

Upcoming Events


Pre-Budget Government Public Consultation
Mon, Oct 16th, 2017
Miramichi

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


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

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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