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  René Ferguson, Adam Lordon, Steve Gordon, Jill Greene, Amanda Fortune, Susannah Banks, Dan Stote, Diane Robichaud, Alice Cotton, Richard Lachance, Carole LeBlanc, Hector Doiron, Vanessa Roy-MacDougal, Brent Lockhart, Heather MacLeod, Claudia Schaerer, Kelsey Hicks, Mariette Hachey-Boudreau, Yvon Frenette, John Yauss, Caeleigh Marshall, Carole Coleman, Marc H Savoie, Denis Legere, Diane Bishop, Marilyn Merritt-Gray, Denise Lirette, Leone Pippard, Neil Damon, Robena Weatherley, Jamie Floyd, Jennifer McKenzie, Monic Thibault, Adam Augustine, Jim Ward, Tim Pidgeon, Nicole Baulkaran, Jerry Gogan, Annie Albert, Melanie Jellett, Teri McMackin, Kevin White,Jolène Santerre, Donald Wilson, Shane Thomson, Charles LeGresley, Bob Cameron, Maxime Gauvin, George Klass, Cassandra Colwell, Roger Levesque, Katie Sonier, Carolyn Walker,Denise Roy, Jeff Wihelm, Thomas O'Shea, Andrew MacLaggan, Alex Berner, Mathilde Diramba, Kelley Farrar, Ben Grieder, Barbara Gebur, Claire May, Bernadet Samulski, Jay Shanahan, Darren Row, Richard Hardin, Terry Wilkins, Joël Akoï Sovogui, Gaetan Pelletier, Thomas O’Shea, Andrew MacLaggan, Katie Sonier, Carolyn Walker, Denise Roy, Jeff Wilhelm, Roger Levesque, George Klass, Cassandra Colwell, Jennifer McKenzie, Sharon Murphy, Monic Thibault, Adam Augustine, Jim Ward, Nicole Baulkaran, Jerry Gogan, Melanie Jellett, Teri McMackin, Donald Wilson, Shane Thomson, Bob Cameron, Maxime Gauvin, Tim Pidgeon, Annie Albert, Kevin White, Jolène Santerre, Charles LeGresley, Kirstin Shortt, Tom McLean, Susan Linkletter, Pierre Clavet, Najat McFarland, Amit Virmani, Lyne LeBlanc, Howard Pelkey, Laurin Branscombe, Danielle St. Louis, Maroua Mahjoub, Mohamed Bizid, Christie Ward, Gerard Souma, Krista MacKenzie, Genevieve Alderson, Crystale Harty, Jacques Héroux, Theo Losier, Sheila Goucher, Nathalie Blaquiere, Dan Curwin, Clare Kellock, Nikole Watson, Francis LeBlanc, Céline Surette, Edee Klee, Mathieu Arsenault, Martin Léger, Gilles Belleau, David Sollows, Sophie Jensen, Jennifer Calhoun, Morgan Book, Jillian Hudgins, Marieka Chaplin, Joanie Bertin, Kim Reeder, Dawn Arnold, Dominic LeBlanc, Samuel Gallant, Mario Doiron, Anita Doucet, Brittany Clifford, Mathieu Landry, Josée Albert, Roy Ries, Arielle DeMerchant, Max Mathies, Samuel Arnold, Brenda Kelley, Marilyn Sweet, Phyllis Sutherland, Leticia Adair, Frank Johnston, Kirsten Ellis, Nic McLellan, Catherine Lambert, Richard Beauregard-Long, Nelda Craig, Adèle LeBlanc, Marie-Andrée Giroux, Roland Chiasson, Yvon Thériault, Anne Doiron, Wanzor Beaubrun, Shawn Martin, Ariane Juneau-Godin, Marc Goguen, Anne-Marie Jourdain, Robert Capozi, Mariane Pâquet, Joannie Thériault, Mélanie Aubé, Samuel Jean, Jean Y. Goguen, Marc Henrie, Mike Bourque, Austen Hughes, Jessica Vilhevin, Yves Bourgeois, Karen White Masry, Paul Arsenault, Frédérick Dion, Ben Whalen, Simon Mitchell, Robert Acton, Mary Ann Coleman, Rudi Fowler, Johanne Levesque, Adam Cheeseman, Elaine Aucoin, Joe Waugh, Shawn Hill, Annie Dietrich, Robert Hugues, Linda Best, Paul Lanteigne, Sabine Dietz, Anthony Taylor, Susan Linkletter, Jamie Burke, Jeff Hoyt, Pascale Ouellette, Amanda Marlin, Paul Cunningham, Serge LaRochelle, Peter Michaud, Stephan Hamel, Rosmarie Lohnes, Ken Reicker, Omer Chouinard, Maria Recchia, Louise Comeau, Greg Gaudet, John Russell, Raissa Marks, Donald Killorn, Estelle Drisdelle, Marie-Pierre Poirier, Guillaume Couillard, Dale Prest, Donald McLaughlin, André Frenette, Lois Corbett, Rudi Fowler, James Bornemann, Marc Theriault, Jeff Harriman, Woody Thompson, Michel Grégoire, Jacques Laforge, Wendy Keats, Dale Prest, Eric Tusz-King, Kathleen Kevany, Christine Landry, Amanda Hachey, Jeff Wilson, Garth Hood, Danny Pellerin, Chris Hennigar, Adrienne O'Pray, Roshini Kassie, Annika Chiasson, Peter Corbyn, Sébastien Doiron, Anne-Marie Laroche, Van Lantz, Richard Knappe, Tim Sears, Joanna Brown, Mike LeBlanc, Jim Samms, Barb MacKinnon, Rémi Donelle, Lisa Lussier, James Steenberg

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Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017, 8:30am-4pm

All Seasons Inn, 1015 Main St, Sussex, N.B. 

Wondering how to best make use of social media to promote your watershed?
Which tools and strategies are most effective in moving watershed work ahead in the province? 

Join us on World Water Day for the chance to share tools, learn effective tactics, and network with other people interested in advancing watershed work. Help us set the priorities for the coming year!

Highlights

·         StoryMaps and GIS Tools
·         The how-tos of social media and marketing
·         Provide input to the Watershed Management Technical Working Group delegates
·         LiDAR in New Brunswick, What’s the Scoop?
·         Tour of Trout Creek


Register here!

Agenda
8:30 Registration for NGOs
9:00  Introductions  
9:10-9:20

Status Update

Simon Mitchell, Meduxnekeag River Association, Inc.
9:20-9:40

Watershed Management Technical Working Group

Donald Killorn, Eastern Charlotte Waterways Inc.
Rémi Donelle, Shediac Bay Watershed Association
9:40-10:00

Ignite: Snippets from the field

1. Anita Doucet, Friends of the Kouchibouguacis
2. Freshwater Mussel Project, Darlene Elward, Southeastern Anglers Association Inc.
3. Relevez le défi! Utilisation responsable de l’énergie et des ressources en eau, Joanie Dubé, Société d'aménagment de la rivière Madawaska, Inc.
4. Oromocto River Watershed in 3 minutes, Robin Hanson, Oromocto River Watershed Association Inc.
10:00-10:50

Social Media and Marketing

Curtis Richardson & Bethany Young, Nature Trust of NB
10:50-11:00 Break  
11:00-11:25

Navigating the DELG website

Don Fox, Department of Environment and Local Government
11:25-12:15

How to tell a good story: Introducing GIS tools to achieve your happy ending Dr. Wendy Monk, Canadian Rivers Institute

12:15-1:15

Lunch

 
1:15-1:55

Modeling flooding and siltation from forestry data Carole-Anne Gillis, Restigouche River Watershed Management Council
  Culvert assessment

Christine McLauchlan, Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance
1:55-2:25 LiDAR in NB, What's the scoop? Adam Dick, Department of Energy and Resource Development
2:25-2:55 Priorities  
2:55-3:55

Trout Creek Tour

Ben Whalen, Kennebecasis River Watershed Restoration Committee
3:55-4:00 Wrap Up  

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Hosted by: Kennebecasis River Watershed Restoration Committee

Watershed Workshop Planning Committee :

Marieka Chaplin, Nashwaak Watershed Association Inc.
Jolyne Hébert, Shediac Bay Watershed Association
Donald Killorn, Eastern Charlotte Waterways Inc.
Simon J. Mitchell, Meduxnekeag River Association, Inc.

Ben Whalen, Kennebecasis River Watershed Restoration Committee
 

Annika Chiasson, New Brunswick Environmental Network
Mary Ann Coleman, New Brunswick Environmental Network

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
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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

Shake it Up! Youth Taking Charge

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Youth Environmental Action Network (YEAN) conference

February 18th, 9:30-3:45

Killarney Lake Lodge, Fredericton 


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What are some effective tools and techniques to increase peer engagement and awareness? How does education lead to action? How do we change our messaging to reach different demographics? 

On the agenda: 

  • The importance of engaging youth
  • Talking about climate change in NB, effectively
  • YES – Youth Environmental Stewards Theatre show
  • How to teach waste reduction and education

Save $5 by registering before February 16th. 

Draft Agenda: 

 

Time

Title

Speaker

9:30-10:00

Registration & networking



10:00-10:20

Breaking the ice

Pascale Ouellette, New Brunswick Environmental Network

10:20-11:05

The importance of engaging youth

David Coon, MLA Fredericton South - Leader of the Green Party of NB

11:05-11:50

Talking about climate change in NB, effectively

Louise Comeau, Conservation Council of New Brunswick, Director of Climate Change and Energy Solutions

11:50-12:20

Lunch



12:20-1:20

YES - Youth Environmental Stewards

The Calithumpians

1:20-1:50

Nature break

 
1:50-2:35

Waste reduction and education

Johanne Philippe, Commission de services régionaux Nord-Ouest

2:35-3:35

Where do we go from here?

 
3:35-3:45

Wrap-up




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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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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. 

Sooooo many opportunities to have your say

Tuesday, 22 November 2016
by Raissa Marks
There are so many government consultations going on that it’s hard to keep track! We’re making it a bit easier by compiling a list of those of interest to environmental groups and their deadlines:

Pre-budget Provincial
New Brunswickers are invited to attend upcoming public meetings focused on priorities for the 2017-18 budget. November 16-December 5

Electoral Reform Provincial
The Commission on Electoral Reform is looking at alternative voting systems, voting age, and other election rules. Deadline: November 30

Navigable Waters Federal
Review of the previous government’s changes to the Navigable Waters Protection Act. Deadline: December 7

Environmental Protection Act Federal
Comprehensive review of the provisions and operation of theCanadian Environmental Protection Act. Deadline: December 1

Charities Federal
Modernization of the rules governing charities and their political activities. Deadline: December 9

Environmental Assessment Federal
Comprehensive review of Canada’s environmental assessment processes. Deadline: December 18

Fisheries Federal
Review of the 2012-13 changes to the Fisheries Act made by the previous government. Comments welcome on restoring habitat protections that were lost and also on incorporating modern safeguards. No deadline mentioned but the committee responsible is submitting its report in “early 2017”.

National Energy Board Federal
A targeted review of the NEB’s structure, role and mandate under the National Energy Board Act. Deadline: January 17

Clean Air Act Operating Approval – Irving Provincial
Renewal of the Approval to Operate for the Irving Pulp and Paper Limited Reversing Falls Complex in Saint John. Deadline: March 7

Action Alerts

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”.

ACTION ALERT: Reinstate funding to the Canadian Environmental Network

Friday, 03 February 2017
by Raissa Marks
The Canadian Environmental Network and its provincial affiliate networks need your help!

Historically, the Canadian Environmental Network and its provincial affiliate networks including the NBEN received annual core funding from the Government of Canada. This was used to facilitate networking on environmental issues across the country, coordinate national and provincial issue-based caucuses, coordinate ENGO participation in federal public consultation processes, and maintain open lines of communication between ENGOs and the federal government.

In 2011, as part of the across-the-board cuts to civil society organizations by the previous federal government, all federal funding to the RCEN and its provincial affiliate networks was cut. This left the national network and most of the affiliates with functioning primarily on a voluntary basis with limited capacity to do their work.

There is hope that the current government will provide for renewed funding in its upcoming budget. This funding is crucial for the survival of the national network and many of the provincial affiliate networks. A proposal has been submitted. It now needs strong and immediate support from environmental groups and individuals across the country.

This is where you come in!

Please take a few minutes to write to Prime Minister Trudeau and your MP telling them why you value the RCEN, your provincial affiliate network, or environmental networking at the national level in general. Feel free to use the template letter provided below. You can personalize it based on your experience or simply copy and paste.

Trudeau’s email is justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca and you can find your MP’s email here: http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members

Let’s show our federal politicians that a strong, well-connected grassroots environmental community is essential to a strong Canada!

Draft Template Letter:

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

I am writing to ask that annual core funding to the Canadian Environmental Network (RCEN) be reinstated.

Historically, the RCEN provided a crucial link between environmental groups across the country, both large and small. This link was vital in helping communities address environmental issues right across the country and ensuring a robust approach to the development of environmental policy in Canada.

Since funding was cut in 2011, the RCEN and most of its provincial affiliate networks have been functioning primarily on a voluntary basis with limited capacity to do their work. This is not acceptable. A strong, well-connected grassroots environmental community is essential to a strong Canada. I urge you to reinstate core funding for this crucial work immediately.

Sincerely,

Green Jobs

EOS Eco-Energy Watershed Coordinator

Thursday, 08 June 2017
by EOS Eco-Energy
Watershed Coordinator

EOS is an award winning not-for-profit organization focused on helping local communities reduce and adapt to climate change in the Tantramar region. We are looking for a dynamic individual who will develop a water quality monitoring program and coordinate outreach and education for the Inner Bay of Fundy and part of the Cape Tormentine Peninsula watershed composites. The watershed coordinator will work out of our Sackville, NB office.

Duties:

  • Supervised by the executive director, you will be responsible for coordinating public education and outreach on watershed issues including flooding, creating a watershed committee of local people, developing a water quality monitoring program with project partners, and building capacity in monitoring techniques.
  • Collect, review and assess existing watershed data.
  • Communicate with the public and raise awareness about watershed, flooding, water quality and adaptation issues, etc. at community events in Tantramar, as well as with news articles, and social media posts, etc.
  • Explore the role of citizen science in watershed quality monitoring.
  • Prepare regular reports of project activities, write newsletter articles, prepare public relations materials, update databases and webpages, maintain volunteer lists, etc.
Experience required:

  • Knowledge of or experience with watershed & water quality issues and climate change adaptation. Knowledge of the Tantramar area and local climate issues would be an asset.
  • Knowledge of or experience with watershed monitoring, water-testing and associated data analysis, and GPS.
  • Experience coordinating community-based projects.
  • Committee and/or event coordination.
  • Experience working independently as well as part of a team.
  • Experience with community outreach, public education including children/youth.
  • Watershed habitat identification and species identification (birds, plants, etc.) would be an asset.
  • Marketing/advertising, social media, website maintenance (using Wordpress) would be an asset.
Qualifications

  • Post-secondary degree in biology or environmental sciences or related field.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Fluency in English. Valid drivers licence and vehicle.
  • Dynamic, creative, organized, diligent, attention to detail, responsible, energetic, excellent time management skills, strong leadership and interpersonal skills, team player, able to take initiative.
Contract details:

9 month contract from July 2017 to March 2018. 35 hours a week. Possibility of extension, depending on funding.


Application procedure and deadline:  

Please forward your cover letter, resume and three references to eos@nb.aibn.com by 4pm Friday, June 16th, 2017. If you have questions, please contact Amanda Marlin at (506) 536-4487 or eos@nb.aibn.com.

The Conservation Council is now hiring summer students!

Thursday, 18 May 2017
by Corey Robichaud
Do you have a SEED voucher for the summer? Are you looking for a fun placement? The Conservation Council is now hiring summer students!

We’re looking for young people who are interested in engaging with the public, informing New Brunswickers about our work, blogging about events and workshops, helping out with the pollinator garden at Conserver House, organizing our seasonal BBQs, and more!

Interested applicants can apply by emailing a resume and cover letter to jon.macneill@conservationcouncil.ca.

Responsibilities include: Coordinating production and distribution of CCNB promotional materials (including informational leaflets, posters, videos, audio playlists and other innovative marketing resources) at public events and in the community; Supporting CCNB involvement with and presence at community events and summer festivals across N.B.; Developing social media marketing campaigns and content for our website; and conducting research on the history of CCNB and topics related to our program areas.

Find our job listing at www.nbjobs.ca by searching for “Conservation Council.”

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