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
Light Refreshments
Silent Auction Opens
 
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
Silent Auction
 
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

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

Energy transition, Dorice Pinet, Imaginons la Péninsule acadienne autrement

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

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

A just transition for workers, New Brunswick Federation of Labour

10:45-11:15 am Networking Break
Silent Auction
 
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, Richelle Martin, 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
Silent Auction
 
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

Management planning process for the Wolastoq watershed, Patricia Saulis, Maliseet Nation Conservation Council

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
Silent Auction
 
3:15-4:15 pm Mobilizing in Election Years Lois Corbett, Conservation Council of New Brunswick
4:15-4:20 pm Assembly of All Groups IV Water (continued):

Name restoration for the Wolastoq, Amanda LeBlanc, Under One Sky
4:20-4:50 pm Wrestling with Big Challenges Small Group Discussions:

Communication: Keeping it positive to bring people in.  Discussion led by Jon MacNeil, Conservation Council of NB and Dorice Pinet, Imaginons la Péninsule acadienne autrement

Transitioning to a low-carbon economy.  Discussion led by Raissa Marks, NBEN

Corporate capture.  Discussion led by Margo Sheppard, Council of Canadians Fredericton Chapter

Sustainable funding.  Discussion led by Vanessa Roy-McDougall, Nature NB

Climate change & mental health.  Discussion led by Amanda Marlin, EOS Eco-Energy
4:50-5:00 pm Wrap up  
5:00 pm Silent Auction Closes  




whoscoming
Scott Kidd, Julie Reimer, Joshua Augustine, Kenneth Francis, Brent Augustine, Phillip Blaney, Chris Fenwick, Marzipan Trahms, Samantha Robichaud, Emma Seamone, Francis Lortie, Christine Lemay, Nancy Juneau, Amanda LeBlanc, Dorice Pinet, Patricia Saulis, Michelle Gray, Serge Robichaud, Jennifer Calhoun, Brenda Kelley, Billie Joe Fowler, 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, 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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coming
...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

Blog

National Spotlight on Moncton

Monday, 27 November 2017
by Raissa Marks
The NBEN is pleased to be the local host partner for EconoUs 2018, the annual conference of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network, which is coming to Moncton in September 2018.
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With a focus on green community economic development, EconoUs 2018 will feature leading speakers, engaging sessions, and tailored networking opportunities about People (inclusive communities), Planet (sustainable environments), and Economy (local prosperity) and how these things, together, create an economy that works for all.Who or what should be included in the agenda?  Let the planning committee know here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/V2QXMY2

New NBEN Logo!

Tuesday, 31 October 2017
by Raissa Marks
A new logo for the NBEN was launched at the Eco-Confluence gathering last weekend!
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The violet, as New Brunswick’s provincial flower, represents the province and its environment.  The centre is the network which brings us all together.

The logo was designed by Annika Chiasson, the NBEN’s Communications Coordinator and talented graphic designer.

Action Alerts

Have your say on Draft Water Strategy!

Wednesday, 15 November 2017
by Conservation Council of New Brunswick
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.

Summary​ ​of​ ​8​ ​Key​ ​Elements​ ​of​ ​a​ ​Strong​ ​Water​ ​Protection​ ​Strategy

New​ ​Brunswick​ ​deserves​ ​a​ ​water​ ​protection​ ​strategy​ ​that:
    1. is​​ ​​science-based;​ ​(involving​ ​baseline​ ​data,​ ​tracking​ ​and​ ​taking​ ​into​ ​consideration cumulative​ ​impacts,​ ​environmental​ ​flows)
    2. sets​ ​water​ ​quality​ ​standards​ ​within​ ​a​ ​working,​ ​legal​ ​mechanism;
    3. conserves​ ​all​ ​water​ ​within​ ​​watersheds​ ​including​ ​surface​ ​waters​ ​(lakes,​ ​streams,​ ​rivers) and​ ​groundwater,​ ​by​ ​developing​ ​good​ ​conservation​ ​plans,​ ​policies​ ​and​ ​practices,​ ​and uses​ ​the​ ​precautionary​ ​principle​ ​as​ ​a​ ​guiding,​ ​legally​ ​enforceable​ ​tool;
    4. protects​ ​our​ ​marine​ ​coastal​ ​areas​ ​in​ ​law;
    5. has​ ​a​ ​meaningful​ ​form​ ​of​ ​​co-governance​ ​with​ ​First​ ​Nations;
    6. includes​ ​the​ ​development,​ ​implementation​ ​and​ ​enforcement​ ​of​ ​watershed​ ​protection plans,​ ​developed​ ​in​ ​a​ ​transparent​ ​manner,​ ​involving​ ​government,​ ​businesses,​ ​watershed organizations,​ ​farmers,​ ​municipal​ ​officials,​ ​and​ ​citizens;
    7. is​ ​accountable,​ ​which​ ​includes​ ​ongoing​ ​monitoring​ ​and​ ​annual​ ​reporting​ ​to​ ​the​ ​public​ ​on the​ ​progress​ ​of​ ​goals​ ​and​ ​objectives​ ​outlined​ ​in​ ​the​ ​water​ ​protection​ ​strategy;​ ​and,
    8. is​​ ​enforceable​ ​through​ ​a​ ​modern​ ​legal​ ​framework
Sample Letter
 My name is ______, and I am writing to express my support for a strong Water Strategy in New Brunswick.

I live near ______ OR I live in ___________ watershed

Describe your favourite spot to fish/swim/paddle etc.

Share your favourite water memory.

Clean, healthy water is important to me because _____________.

Have you recently experienced a boil water order? Blue-green algae? Extreme weather? Describe what is of concern to you.

I applaud the provincial government for moving forward on its commitment to protecting our water; however I believe the draft strategy does not go far enough to ensure healthy water for my watershed.

We need a water protection strategy that (Insert one or multiple key elements).

I am afraid that if left unattended, my watershed will face ongoing and increasing treats from (pollution, wetland and coastal estuary loss, loss of adequate environmental flow to sustain aquatic life, and increasing climate change impacts such as floods, droughts, and high temperatures.)

Please protect my watershed by implementing a strong water protection strategy with modern legislation that (note key element(s)) to ensure the health of our water and people.

Thank you,
Your name.

For more information, visit the CCNB's website.

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.

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