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Accueillez une projection : Toute espèce vivante ‒ Vivre l’expérience d’un bioblitz

mercredi 5 avril 2017
by Raissa Marks


Le film documentaire, Toute espèce vivante ‒ Vivre l’expérience d’un bioblitz , vous fera découvrir un parcours étonnant qui illustrera quatre semaines passées au cours de deux étés à explorer tous les aspects de la nature – les poissons, les insectes, les plantes, les champignons, les reptiles, les amphibiens et les mammifères – qui vivent au Nouveau-Brunswick dans notre propre zone naturelle protégée du Grand Lac.  (Veuillez noter que le film est en anglais avec les sous-titres en français.)

Célébrez la décennie des Nations unies sur la biodiversité – en accueillant une projection de ce film dans votre collectivité !

Contrairement à la téléréalité, ce film documentaire présente de véritables scientifiques qui parlent des vrais enjeux qui affectent de vraies personnes qui vivent dans de réelles collectivités.

Toute espèce vivante a été produit par une compagnie basée au NB, Flower Power Production, en collaboration avec le programme BiotaNB du Musée du Nouveau-Brunswick.  BiotaNB est un projet de recherche de 20 années pour identifier et cataloguer plusieurs espèces du Nouveau-Brunswick, avant que l’intrusion humaine et les changements climatiques s’intensifient.  Le RENB en partenariat avec Flower Power Production pour promouvoir les visionnements de ce film dans les collectivités partout au Canada.

Tellement d’opportunités pour vous prononcer

mardi 22 novembre 2016
by Raissa Marks
Il y a tellement de consultations du gouvernement qu’il est difficile de tout suivre ! Nous avons tenté de simplifier cette tâche en présentant la liste de celles qui intéressent les groupes environnementaux avec leur date limite :

Pré-budget provincial
Les Néo-Brunswickois sont invités à assister aux séances publiques qui auront lieu prochainement en vue d’établir les priorités du budget de 2017-2018. 16 novembre au 5 décembre

Réforme électorale provincial
La Commission sur la réforme électorale étudie des systèmes de votation alternatifs, l’âge de vote, et d’autres règlements électoraux. Date limite : 30 novembre

Eaux navigables fédéral
Revue des changements introduits par l’ancien gouvernement à la loi sur la protection des eaux navigables. Date limite : 7 décembre

Loi sur la protection de l’environnement fédéral
Revue complète des dispositions et de l’application de la loi canadienne sur la protection de l’environnement. Date limite : 1 décembre

Organismes de bienfaisance fédéral
Modernisation des règles régissant le secteur des organismes de bienfaisance et leurs activités politiques. Date limite : 9 décembre

Évaluation environnementale fédéral
Revue complète des processus d’évaluation environnementale au Canada. Date limite : 18 décembre

Pêches fédéral
Revue des changements introduits en 2012-13 à la loi sur les pêches par l’ancien gouvernement. Recherche de commentaires sur la restauration des habitats protégés qui ont été perdus et sur l’intégration de mécanismes de protection modernes. Aucune date limite mentionnée, mais le comité doit soumettre son rapport « au début de 2017. » Date limite :

Office national de l’énergie fédéral
Un examen ciblé de la structure de l’ONÉ, de son rôle et de son mandat selon la loi sur l’office national de l’énergie. Date limite : 17 janvier

Approbation d’exploitation selon la loi sur l’assainissement de l’air – Irving provincial
Renouvèlement de l’approbation d’exploitation du complexe des chutes réversibles à Saint-Jean de Irving Pulp and Paper Limited. Date limite : 7 mars

Groupe en vedette

soils center
Centre de conservation des sols et de l’eau de l’est du Canada

Nouvelles des groupes

The Nature Trust of New Brunswick Conserves Island in Lower Wolastoq (Saint John River)

mercredi 21 juin 2017
by Nature Trust of New Brunswick
(Maugerville, NB) The Nature Trust of New Brunswick has expanded the amount of conserved land in the Grand Lake Meadows region with the acquisition of 70 hectares (172 acres) on Middle Island in the Maugerville area of the lower St. John River. The new nature preserve will be named after the traditional Wolastoqiyik/Wəlastəkwiyik name for the island, Noloqonokek/Nələkwənəkek Nature Preserve. 

Long before the river was named the St. John River, it was known by Wolastoqiyik/Wəlastəkwiyik (Maliseet People) as ‘Wolastoq’/Wəlastəkw, meaning ‘Beautiful and Bountiful river’, a name that the nation is currently working to reclaim. ‘Noloqonokek/Nələkwənəkek’ is the traditional Wolastoqiyik/Wəlastəkwiyik name for what is now known as ‘Middle Island’. Nolomiw refers to upriver and ‘qono’ refers to a ‘long period of time’ therefore, ‘Noloqonokek/Nələkwənəkek’ is relating to upriver and a long period of time. The Maliseet language was an oral language and two linguistic spelling variations of the language have been developed and are both recognized today.

“Wolastoq ancestors wisely named each and every landscape and waterway according to a detailed description of each unique area.” Says Wolastoq Grand Chief, Ron Tremblay. “For instance, Wolastoq means “Beautiful and Bountiful River” for it once was Beautiful as well as provided everything our people needed to survive.”

For many generations, Middle Island has served the farming families of the Maugerville area as summer pasture ground. The Nature Trust acquired the new nature preserve to conserve in perpetuity the floodplain forest and Provincially Significant Wetlands that supports a diversity of plant life, birds, amphibians, and rare insects. The preserve is part of the Grand Lake Meadows, Atlantic Canada’s largest freshwater wetland complex.

“The Nature Trust is excited to work with landowners on protecting new pieces of the Grand Lake Meadows.” Says Nature Trust President, Vince Zelazny. “As the largest wetland in the Maritimes, the Grand Lake Meadows is a hotspot for a diversity of rare and endangered species. This acquisition is important to protecting the habitats that these species rely on for survival.”

On the afternoon of June 24th from 1 – 5 PM, the Nature Trust, along with Wolastoqiyik elders, and Canoe Kayak New Brunswick, will be hosting a grand opening event. Members of the public are invited to join a paddle in the big canoes, starting at Douglas Hazen Park, going past the Welamukotuk Cinerea Nature Preserve on Oromocto Island, with a stop at the shoreline of Noloqonokek. For more information and to join the grand opening event, please contact Bethany at bethany.young@ntnb.org or at (506) 457-2398.

A special thank you to those who contributed to the protection of Noloqonokek/ Nələkwənəkek Nature Preserve including major funders: The Government of Canada through the Natural Areas Conservation Program, the NB Wildlife Trust Fund, the Davis Conservation Foundation, The William P. Wharton Trust, the Sitka Foundation, and the ECHO Foundation.

About the Nature Trust of New Brunswick

Established in 1987, the Nature Trust of New Brunswick is a registered charitable conservation organization dedicated to preserving the province’s ecologically significant landscapes. To date, the Nature Trust has conserved over 2,800 hectares (7,000 acres) in 50 beautiful and diverse nature preserves in New Brunswick.

About the Natural Areas Conservation Program

The Government of Canada’s Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP) is a unique public-private partnership managed and directed by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). To date, $345 million has been invested in the NACP by the Government of Canada to secure our natural heritage. Additionally, more than $500 million in matching contributions has been raised by NCC and its partners. 

Conservation Council reacts to Auditor General’s report on climate action in N.B.

mercredi 21 juin 2017
by Jon MacNeill
Tuesday, 20 June, 2017

Conservation Council reacts to Auditor General’s report on climate action in N.B.

The Auditor General of New Brunswick, Kim MacPherson, has delivered a substantive review of the province’s climate change plan and what is needed to turn policy intentions into on-the-ground work to protect homes and communities from what she says “may be one of the greatest challenges for communities, governments and corporations in the coming decades.”

“New Brunswick’s Auditor General’s report should put wind in the sails of the government’s plans to reduce carbon pollution and make our communities healthy and strong in the face of climate change,” says Lois Corbett, Executive Director of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick.

“She points out, and rightly so, that while the 2016 Climate Change Action Plan lays out a series of 118 actions, we lack an aggressive time table or details on implementation.

She recommends that the government introduce legislation to set its pollution targets into law, similar to that found in British Columbia, Quebec, Ontario, and Nova Scotia.

We couldn't agree more and might go even a bit further — let’s see the legislation introduced the next time the Legislative Assembly meets, and let’s hope all parties vote for its speedy adoption.

“If we want to catch this boat, the time for the government and NB Power to move is now. Not in 2018. Not ten years from now," says Corbett.
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The Conservation Council of New Brunswick
Established in 1969, the Conservation Council of New Brunswick has remained the province’s leading public advocate for environmental protection. A member of the UN’s Global 500 Roll of Honour, we work to find practical solutions to help families and citizens, educators, governments and businesses protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, the precious marine ecosystem and the land, including the forest, that support us.

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To arrange an interview, contact:
Jon MacNeill, Communications Director | 458-8747 | jon.macneill@conservationcouncil.ca

Appels à l'action

Resquest for letters of support: Proposed name restoration for the Wolastoq

dimanche 30 avril 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”.

APPEL À L'ACTION: Rétablir le financement au Réseau canadien de l’environnement

vendredi 3 février 2017
by Raissa Marks
APPEL À L’ACTION - Le Réseau canadien de l’environnement (RCEN) et ses réseaux provinciaux affiliés ont besoin de votre aide !

Dans le passé, le Réseau canadien de l’environnement et les réseaux provinciaux affiliés incluant le RENB ont reçu un financement annuel de base du gouvernement du Canada. Ce financement était utilisé pour faciliter le réseautage sur les questions environnementales nationales, pour coordonner les caucus nationaux et provinciaux sur les enjeux spécifiques, pour coordonner la participation des ONGE aux processus de consultation publique du gouvernement fédéral, et pour maintenir actives les lignes de communication entre les ONGE et le gouvernement fédéral.

En 2011, à la suite des réductions systématiques de budget des organisations civiles par l’administration fédérale précédente, toutes les subventions fédérales au RCEN et à ses réseaux provinciaux affiliés ont été coupées. Ce qui a laissé le réseau national et la plupart des réseaux affiliés se débrouiller principalement grâce au bénévolat avec des moyens limités pour accomplir leur travail.

On espère que l’administration actuelle va renouveler le financement du RCEN lors du prochain budget. Ce financement est essentiel pour la survie du réseau national et pour plusieurs des réseaux provinciaux affiliés. Une proposition a été soumise. C’est le temps maintenant de démontrer l’appui solide et immédiat des groupes environnementaux et de la population partout au pays.

C’est ici que vous entrez en jeu !

Veuillez prendre quelques minutes pour écrire au premier ministre Trudeau et à votre député pour leur dire pourquoi vous estimez le RCEN, votre réseau provincial affilié, ou le réseautage environnemental à l’échelle nationale en général. N’hésitez pas à utiliser le modèle de lettre inclus ci-dessous. Vous pouvez la personnaliser en vous fondant sur votre expérience ou simplement la copier-coller.

L’adresse électronique du premier ministre Trudeau est justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca et vous pouvez trouver l’adresse électronique de votre député au http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parliamentarians/fr/members.

Démontrons à nos politiciens fédéraux qu’une communauté environnementale de base bien connectée est essentielle pour un Canada fort !

Modèle de lettre suggérée :

Monsieur le premier ministre,

Je vous écris pour vous demander que le financement annuel de base accordé au Réseau canadien de l’environnement (RCEN) soit rétabli.

Traditionnellement, le RCEN a fourni un lien essentiel entre les groupes environnementaux grands et petits à travers le Canada. Ces liens sont vitaux pour aider les collectivités à s’occuper des enjeux environnementaux dans tout le pays et pour s’assurer qu’une approche robuste au développement d’une politique environnementale existe au Canada.

Depuis que les subventions ont été éliminées en 2011, le RCEN et la plupart de ses réseaux provinciaux affiliés ont dû fonctionner principalement en se fondant sur le bénévolat avec une capacité réduite pour accomplir leur travail. Ce n’est pas acceptable. Une communauté environnementale de base bien connectée est essentielle pour un Canada fort. Je vous encourage à rétablir immédiatement le financement de base pour ces travaux importants.

Recevez, monsieur le premier ministre, l’expression de notre haute considération.

Emplois verts

EOS Eco-Energy Watershed Coordinator

jeudi 8 juin 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!

jeudi 18 mai 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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