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Metepenagiag Newsletter August 2013

Table Of Contents
Chief & Council Update......................................................................... pg 3 Community Housing Inventory............................................................. pg 4 Community Healing Garden................................................................. pg 4-5 Medical Shuttle....................................................................................... pg 6 Residential School Survivors Gathering.............................................. pg 6 Health Centre News............................................................................... pg 6 Community Volunteer Appreciation Awards and Dinner.................. pg 6-7 Community Volunteer Appreciation Awards Application................. pg 8 Metepenagiag Day................................................................................. pg 9 Indian Summer Games......................................................................... pg 9 -13 Cultural Committee Corner................................................................. pg 13-14 St. Anne Du Beaupre Trip.................................................................... pg 14

Metepenagiag Community Newsletter


August 2013
Chief & Council Update
1895 Settlement Agreement-Council is very excited to advise that on August 8, 2013, Chief Freeman Ward initialed off the 1895 land claim settlement agreement. The agreement has been accepted by Canada and legal counsel has advised we are now entering the final stages or the specific claim process. Council, Tracy Anne Cloud will be attending a conference call with legal counsel and federal negotiator, Chris Fleck next week to determine the date of the referendum vote. Once a date has been confirmed the notice to vote will be posted and the mail out packages will be prepared, and a community meeting will be held. Legal counsel T.J Burke advised the target vote date will approximately the end of September or the beginning of October 2013. He anticipates if the vote is successful we should be able to see a payout by Christmas. This is very exciting news and historically it sets a precedent for the largest land claim in
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Atlantic history. We thank all those who have assisted by working on this file over the years. We also thank you all for your patience and will be updating the community as soon as additional information is received. Riverside Entertainment Center-Another success for our community is that after many submissions we are happy to announce that we have met the criteria to receive the building permit for the Entertainment Center!! We anticipate the construction will begin upon the completion of some minor paper work. Its estimated this will take a week or so. Once the construction begins it should take approximately 14-16 weeks for the completion of the building. If you are interested in positions at the Entertainment Center, Please forward resumes to Steve Paul.

Community Housing Inventory


This summer funding was received through C.M.H.C Housing Internship Program to hire two youth for 12 weeks to conduct a housing inventory within the community. The housing inventory was initially lead by Tammy Augustine and is being completed by Roman Ward and Jaden Ward, who both have recently graduated from the Trades Orientation Program at N.B.C.C. With the data gathered by this survey the Band Administration can get a more complete look at the needs of the community. The long term goal of the Administration is to set up a housing committee, housing plan and develop and implement a Housing Authority. Once the inventory is completed we will have a better understanding of the work that needs to be done on the houses in our community and ensure housing is distributed in a fair and equitable manner. The housing authority will also include policies on repairs, rentals and roles & responsibilities of the committee. We would greatly appreciate your cooperation in assisting the Housing Inventory Crew

in completing a brief survey. The team can either drop by your home or if you prefer you can get a hard/electronic copy of the survey by contacting Tracy Anne Cloud at Tracy.cloud3@gmail.com or by calling the band office at 836-6111. Please provide you name, address, and phone number. A representative from the Housing Inventory Project will contact you as soon as possible.

Community Healing Garden


At this time we would like to thank all those involved in The Community Healing Garden Project, especially our 1st Garden Crew !!! Thanks to your efforts our garden is up and looking great. Some lettuce has been passed out and by the looks of the garden this week many other vegetables/herbs will be making it to some of your dinner tables!! We will be adding some additional features to the garden once the 2nd garden crew begins. Some of these ideas include signage, fencing, accessible water and preparing the beds for next season. The garden was designed as a pilot project as a way to provide fresh vegetables to our community in an attempt to ensure that those with less have the ability to eat healthy and fight issues such as diabetes, heart disease and other issues related to poor diet, as well as teaching healthier lifestyle. The garden is designed to be a peaceful environment to promote community unity, and foster a spirit of harmony and working together. Because of this success of this years garden, this is a project that we will continue next year and with the communities participation it will be an annual activity. We will be harvesting the seeds from this years, and will continue teaching sustainable gardening to the community. Many lessons we learned this first season. We will take these lessons to improve on next years garden!! As the vegetables are harvested they will be distributed to Elders, expectant mothers and families until the garden basket is empty. We will be booking some community
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collective kitchen sessions for the fall in which we will share ways to preserve and prepare healthy menu choices. A notice will be posted once dates are secured. Please feel free to visit our garden, water the vegies or do some weeding. If you are in need and our garden crew hasnt made it to you, please let a member of the garden crew know or contact Tracy Anne Cloud by email or at 836.6111 and we will ensure if we have vegetables left that we will get them to your dinner table!! We encourage others in the community to share some of their own bounty. If you have grown a garden this year and have extra please share with your neighbor and community elder!! Thank you all for making this years garden a success!!

Medical Shuttle
Please be advised that the phone number for the Metepenagiag Medical shuttle has changed, the new number is 627-6373. Please make all efforts to call at least 2 days in advance of your appointment so that the medical shuttle transport driver can schedule your transportation. If you have any issues related to medical transportation please contact the Director of Health, David Peter Paul 836-6130

Residential School Survivors Gathering


A Residential School Survivor Gathering will be taking place on August 23-25, 2013 at the Riverside Resort and Conference Center in Mactaquac, NB. If you're a survivor and are interested in attending, please contact Barb Martin at bamartin@nb.aibn.com or (506) 363-4641.

Health Centre News


Babysitting Course: For the first 10 to sign up. Ages 12 and up. Please contact our CHN, Margret Levi at 836-6120.
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Baby Clinic - August 27th from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm by appointment only. Please contact the Health Center

Community Volunteer Appreciation Awards and Dinner Is there anyone in the community that you think is doing an outstanding job in
volunteering in the community? Anyone who you think should be recognized for their hard work? Someone that is a role model? Then please nominate them for an upcoming Community Volunteer Appreciation Awards. Please submit a small write up on the form below, with their name, your name and why you think they should receive recognition for all that they do. All submissions can be dropped off at reception at the Band Office or emailed to Tracy Anne Cloud at: tracycloud3@gmail.com . Deadline September 20, 2013.

Community Volunteer Appreciation Awards Application


Name of Nominee:__________________

Why I think this person should receive a Community Volunteer Appreciation Award. (Please provide examples) : _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________

Name of person making the submission:________________________


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Metepenagiag Day
Metepenagiag Day formerly known as Red Bank/Frank Ward Day is on August 15th from 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm. With lots of activities planned for the children from jumping castle to carnival games, and a feast to follow at the Cultural Center (the former Mother Earth Lodge). Ball Games will take place at the ball field behind the fisheries building. So come on out and enjoy a great day of activities and celebrate your Metepenagiag Day! It started out as Chief Frank Ward Day him as a leader stood up for everyones rights and was quite Vocal and Challenged the Gov agents on more than one occasion over boundaries of alloted Land..When Metepenagiag Heritage Park was completed is when we changed the name to Metepenagiag Day

Indian Summer Games


Once again we have had the opportunity to participate in the Indian Summer Games in Tobique First Nation. We are proud to announce that the participants from Metepenagiag did an excellent job in representing our community with hard work and great sportsmanship. A huge thank you goes out to Cathy Ward & Jaime Levi for organizing the events and to all the coaches , parents and volunteers that helped out!

Final Results :
Track and Field Ages 5-6 Keagan Ward 50m (Silver)
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Keagan Ward Softball Throw(SBT) (Gold) Ages 7-8 Boys: Brady Augustine SBT (Gold)

Girls: Sarina Ward SBT (Gold) Sarina Ward Standing Long Jump (Bronze) Ages 9-10 Girls: Haylee Ward 50m (Bronze) Andy Morrison 50m (Bronze) Dallas Augustine 100m (Bronze) Michaela Ward 100m (Silver) Ages 11-12 Boys: Dalton Ward SBT (Bronze) Dalton Ward 100m (Bronze) Girls:

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Lillian Ward 100m (Bronze) Ages 13-14 Jazna Ward 200m (Silver) Sunshine Denny RLJ (Gold) Age 17-18 TC Ward Shotput (Silver)

Team Sports 4 Person Relay ages 13-15 (Silver) Sunshine Denny, Nebawisk Denny, Danielle Augustine and Jazna Ward Girls Volleyball ages 16-18 (Gold) Bella Ward, Jazna Ward, Mimiges Denny, Glogowej Denny, Nebawisk Denny, Sunshine Denny, Danielle Augustine, Hope Mitchell

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Girls Basketball 16-18 (Gold) Mimiges Denny, Glogowej Denny, and Bella Ward. Co-Ed Basketball Ages 7-9 (Gold) Sarina Ward, Carly Webb Hayden Ward, Michaela Ward, Thomas Haddad, Keagan Ward, Brady Augustine, Andy Morrison, Haylee Ward, Breanne Ward Adult Co-ed Softball (Gold) Jason Ward, Roman Scrome Ward, Jamie Levi, Becky Levi, Mallory Paul, Ronnie Ward, Luke Ward, Derwin Ward, A.J. McKay, Mike Simon

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WAY TO GO TEAM METEPENAGIAG!!!!

Cultural Committee Corner


We would like to send big thanks to Chief and Council and fellow community members for making our Pow Wow a success. Without all the commitment and hard work dedicated to the Pow Wow it would not have been such a great success. We would like

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to thank each and every one of those who donated food for the feast, volunteered to set up, cleaning up the Pow Wow grounds and youre your overall participation. We would also like to thank all the drummers, dancers, B&M Construction, Metepenagiag Fisheries, Culture Committee, and vendors for the participation in our Pow Wow and giving us the beautiful sound of music and the opportunity to celebrate and share our culture and traditions! St. Anne Du Beaupre Trip On Friday, July 12 a group of 5 elders and 3 companions departed for St. Anne Du Beaupre. A wonderful time was had by everyone and many laughs were had! Thank you Rita Haddad and Heath Center for organizing this wonderful event! Thanks to Tracy Anne Cloud, Sam Holthus and Wendy Perley for escorting our elder on the trip

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