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For Immediate Release
Friday, Sept. 19, 2014

Fredericton joins largest climate march in world history

FREDERICTON — The Conservation Council of New Brunswick and Fredericton residents will join hundreds of thousands of people from across the world this weekend in a historic mass action to stop climate change and build an economy for the future.

A People’s Climate March will happen in Fredericton at the same time that an estimated quarter of a million people from around the globe are expected to descend on the streets of New York City and elsewhere for the largest climate mobilization in history on Sunday, Sept. 21.

“It’s important for all of us to join this historic march for climate justice. We want action for the people who will be most impacted by climate change. Too much is at stake,” says Julia Hansen, an organizer of the Fredericton march and one of dozens of youth expected to participate.

“Students, parents, grandparents, scientists, environmentalists, labour organizers and social justice activists are organizing for change and providing examples of ways to move to a fossil-free future. Our march on Sunday will be a colourful expression of that hope for the future,” adds Hansen, a third year UNB nursing student.

The People’s Climate March coincides with the UN Climate Summit of world leaders in New York City on Sept. 23.

“Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said he will not join the 125 heads of state attending the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit. Maybe that’s a good thing. The Summit is about quick action to reduce carbon pollution. Harper is all about fast-tracking pipelines of bitumen and fracking for shale gas,” says Tracy Glynn with the Conservation Council of New Brunswick.

Fracking for shale gas and TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline are some of the projects in New Brunswick that people marching in Fredericton will highlight since both contribute to climate change and entail environmental and health impacts for people who live in the area.

“The climate mobilization this weekend promises to be unprecedented in its size, beauty and impact. Our future is on the line and it’s up to all of us to build a just, safe and more humane world. Join us,” encourages Glynn.

Details on People’s Climate March in Fredericton:
When: Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.
Where: Fredericton City Hall (corner of York and Queen), march down Queen Street to NB Legislature.
What: People will gather with banners and signs outside Fredericton City Hall at 11:30 a.m. and march down Queen Street to the NB Legislature where they’ll hear from organizers working toward a just climate future.

Visit People’s Climate March for more details: peoplesclimatemarch.org

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Media Contacts:
Tracy Glynn, Conservation Council of New Brunswick, forest@conservationcouncil.ca, 506 458-8747, 506 440-5592 (cell)
Julia Hansen, climate youth organizer, 506 261-0186
 
 

Conservation Council of New Brunswick
180 St. John Street, Fredericton NB E3B 4A9
506.458.8747 ::  www.conservationcouncil.ca

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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.

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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”.