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Tuesday, May 18 2016

(Fredericton, NB) To celebrate May 22, the UN International Day for Biological Diversity, groups in New Brunswick are demonstrating the high value they place on the province’s natural beauty and wild spaces with the launch of a new logo.  The logo, with the words ‘Live Wild: Together for New Brunswick Biodiversity’, will help to mainstream biodiversity in the province, which is exactly in line with the Day’s theme for this year.

The logo was developed to create awareness of the importance of New Brunswick’s diverse wildlife and to build public interest in preserving it.  This logo can be used by groups and individuals to celebrate biodiversity and demonstrate a collaborative spirit in advancing conservation and stewardship.  The logo was developed by groups involved in the Collaborative Effort on Biodiversity in New Brunswick.

“There are many different groups in the province working to preserve our diversity of life whether it is through habitat conservation, advocacy, research, stewardship, education or other means,” says Jessica Bradford of the Nature Trust of NB.  “We want to bring awareness to these efforts and unite them and show solidarity around the common goal of ensuring a wide variety of plant and animal life for a sustainable future.  We encourage all groups with projects related to biodiversity to use the logo in their communications materials and resources.”

Many groups in the province are showing their support for this initiative by displaying the logo badge on their website, putting it on publications related to biodiversity, and sharing it on social media with informative messages about biodiversity and our rich natural heritage.  In addition, New Brunswick Provincial Parks will be incorporating the logo into the Green Book, an outdoor education resource.

“The concept of biodiversity is broad and can be difficult to communicate to people,” says Vanessa Roy-McDougall, Nature NB.  “Variety in nature is absolutely critical to healthy environments and healthy people, so it is important for the various groups working to advance biodiversity to work together and spread the message in a cohesive way.”

Examples of groups using the logo include:
  • Nature Trust of NB is featuring the logo in the rolling photos on their main web banner. They are also using it at the bottom of every page of their website.
  • Nature NB made a new section on their website devoted to biodiversity and featuring the logo.
  • Conservation Council of NB is using it on their social media and outreach materials.
  • Fundy Biosphere Reserve added the logo to their website
  • Meduxnekeag River Association, Inc. added the logo to their website.
  • Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance has posted the logo on their website, along with a blog and a promotional FaceBook post.
  • Vision H2O has added the logo to the trail signs at the EcoParc Cormier-Village and they will be promoting the logo during events this summer.
  • Société d’aménagement de la rivière Madawaska et du lac Témiscouata, Inc. added the logo to the biodiveristy program section on their website.
  • Southeastern Anglers Association is hosting the logo at the bottom of their home page.
  • Falls Brook Centre has added it to the education and biodiversity sections of their website and will be featuring a blog post on biodiversity’s importance in agriculture.
In addition, to celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity and this collaborative initiative, the Nature Trust of New Brunswick, Nature NB, and the Conservation Council of New Brunswick are hosting an event together with award-winning wildlife photographer and photojournalist Nick Hawkins and experienced herpetologist and research associate with the New Brunswick Museum Greg Jongsma on Wednesday, May 25, in Fredericton.

“We are fortunate to see whales breaching in the Bay of Fundy and eagles along our rivers.  We get to hike alongside ancient pines, and explore wetlands bursting with wildlife of all kinds, from tiny dragonflies to giant moose,” stated Nadine Ives of the Conservation Council of NB.  “The International Day for Biological Diversity gives us a great opportunity to reflect on, and celebrate, nature.”

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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 mutual cooperation.

Media Contacts
·         Mary Ann Coleman, New Brunswick Environmental Network, 506-433-6101, coleman@nben.ca
·         Raissa Marks, New Brunswick Environmental Network, 506-855-4144, marks@nben.ca 

Bilingual interviews
·         Vanessa Roy-McDougall, Nature NB, 506-459-4209, director@naturenb.ca·        
·         Nadine Ives, Conservation Council of NB, 506-458-8747, nadine@conservationcouncil.ca
·         Megan de Graaf, Fundy Biosphere Reserve, 506-459-4209, director@fundy-biosphere.ca
·         Christine McLaughlan, Petitcodiac Watershed Association, 506-384-3369, executivedirector@petitcodiacwatershed.org
·         Johanne Paquette, Vision H2O, 506-577-2071, info@visionh2o.com
·         Joanie Dubé, Société d’aménagement de la rivière Madawaska et du lac Témiscouata, Inc., 506-739-1992, jdube_sarmlt@nb.aibn.com
·         Darlene Elward, Southeastern Anglers Association, 506-576-2118, aprse@nb.aibn.com 

English interviews
·         Jessica Bradford, Nature Trust, 506-457-2398, communications@ntnb.org
·         Simon Mitchell, Meduxnekeag River Association, 506-238-4429, simon@meduxnekeag.org
·         Michelle Lavery, Falls Brook Centre, 506-454-5480, media@fallsbrookcentre.ca

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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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