January 15, 2014 (Fredericton, NB) – The Nature Trust of New Brunswick (NTNB)is inviting the general public to a series of community information sessions throughout the Lower St. John River region from January 26 to January 31, 2014. Over the past three years, NTNB has been developing a conservation strategy for the Lower St. John River region, with a goal to guide future conservation efforts and more actively involve the public in land conservation and stewardship of ecologically sensitive areas.

“The Lower St. John River region is a rich landscape that is home to a diversity of plant, animal, insect, and bird species - many of them rare and endangered such as the Cobblestone Tiger Beetle and the Peregrine Falcon,” says Aaron Dowding, NTNB Conservation Planning Manager. “Protecting these habitats can help ensure that the beauty and diversity we see today will remain for generations to come.”

The development of this conservation strategy has been a complex yet rewarding process, involving the extensive analysis of relevant data and the close collaboration of many partners including federal and provincial government scientists, conservation groups, researchers, and naturalist organizations. Having now identified important areas for conservation in the region, NTNB is seeking to actively engage New Brunswickers in land conservation and stewardship efforts, with the first step being a series of informative open house events.

"We hope that those interested in these initiatives can join us in taking a hands-on role in stewarding the forests, wetlands, and rivers in this region for future generations. And, we are here to give them the tools to do so," says Dowding.

NTNB and its partners invite everyone with an interest in conservation to attend an open house in their community, where information will be provided about species at risk, important habitats, private land stewardship, and the overall Lower St. John River conservation strategy.

"Our community tour gives us an opportunity to share our learnings about the Lower St. John River region. For example, landowners may not know that they have endangered species on their property, so we can help inform them about that,” says Dowding. “On the other hand, there is also a lot we can learn about the ecology of the region from landowners and what they have observed over time.”

Please join NTNB for an open house in your community:

  • Keswick Ridge - Sun., Jan. 26, Keswick Ridge Community Hall (84 Route 616) from 2 to 3:30 pm

  • Taymouth - Mon., Jan. 27, Taymouth Community Centre (864 Route 8) from 7 to 8 pm

  • Hampton - Tues., Jan. 28, Lighthouse River Centre (1075 Main St) from 6:30 to 8 pm

  • Grand Bay-Westfield - Wed., Jan. 29, Community Centrum (609 River Valley Dr) at 7 pm

  • Sussex - Thurs., Jan. 30, Sussex Public Library (46 Magnolia Dr) at 6:30 pm

  • Gagetown - Fri., Jan. 31, Royal Canadian Legion (81 Tilley Rd) from 7:30 to 8:30 pm

    About the Nature Trust of New Brunswick

    The Nature Trust of New Brunswick is a non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to preserving New Brunswick’s outstanding ecological landscapes for people and nature. Nature Trust NB currently protects 37 nature preserves in the province. For more information about the organization, visit naturetrust.nb.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”.