Read our latest 2019-2020 Annual Report with highlights from our fiscal year April 1, 2019 to March 31st, 2020 including the financial statements. “Negotiating with Respect and Acknowledgement of the Mi’gmaq Way” is the Mi’gmaq way of negotiating with respect for everyone’s way of thinking (two-eyed seeing) negotiating with the Mi’gmaq vision first, how the Mi’gmaq sees things, based on our honor, priorities, values, mission, and vision. Click the link below to download as a PDF. The Report will be available on a digital copy online, however, you can contact our office with your mailing address should you like a hard copy mailed to you. Also note that the French version will be available soon.
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Mi’gmawei Mawio’mi 2018-2019 Annual Report
Welcome to the pages of our Annual Report for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. There is always a lot of work going on at the organization and sometimes it can be challenging to get all those messages out to the people. We apologize for the delay in getting this report out to you. This report provides an overview of the work done at MMS from April 2018 to March 2019, including the financial statements. Click the link below to download as a PDF. The Report will be available on a digital copy online, however, you can contact our office with your mailing address should you like a hard copy mailed to you. Also note that the French version will be available soon.
On March 17th, the MMS Offices were closed as our communities faced the threat of a new epidemic. Since then, our main concern has been the health and safety of our staff and those we closely work with. We’ve seen the impact it has had all around us, all while we adjust to stay healthy and productive.
While our physical office may be closed, we maintain to work from home while continuing to have Zoom meetings with our Negotiating team and keeping our focus on our future within our traditional Gespe’gewa’gi territory. Our team is still working towards the Vision and Mission of the organization, along with the spirit and intent of the Political Accord that was signed 20 years ago.
For now, our offices continue to be closed and we assess the situation on a weekly basis, and in the event of when we do go back, we will be placing a strong emphasis in the early stages, on physical distancing and on the importance of dealing with continued discussions on Title, Rights and Consultation & Accommodation, among many other topics that we’ve been mandated to work on.
We encourage you to stay strong, stay safe and stay connected with one another. Also, if you have any pictures that you’d like to share for our Social Media platforms on how you’re staying positive and taking advantage of the beauty of Gespe’gewa’gi and our Mi’gmaq culture during this time, you can email them to [email protected] or send it by DM on Instagram/mms_gespegewagi or Facebook/Migmawei
Ginu Ulo’titesnu – We will be O.K.
DEADLINE EXTENDED UPDATE!
We understand that being inspired to write may have dwindled during these past few months, and we understand that. So we’re extending the deadline for submissions until June 19th! We will also be accepting submissions by email for those who may not be able to get to a printer or the Post Office. All submissions received so far, are sealed and will be kept that way until they are ready to be sent to the MWA Judges.
Email your story to [email protected] — or you can also still send by posted mail if you choose to do so.
The extended deadline for all submissions is June 19th, 2020.
Your winning story could not only win you money and a local published booklet, but it could also go on to be nationally published like past winner Jodie Callaghan (Barnaby). Jodie was the MWA Contest winner in 2010 with her story “The Train”. Her story has been nationally published as a picture book by Second Story Press.
Visit our Mi’gmaq Writers Award page to view a video that features Jodie sharing on some of the picture book’s content, and also on the lasting message that she hopes the book brings to its readers.
Watch our Honored Elder video tribute to this year’s recipient, Betty Martin. Every year, the Mi’gmawei Mawiomi celebrates one of its Elders with a video tribute, Eagle Feather and Tribute poster. Our Elders are such an important part of our communities and this year, it is our honour to pay tribute to Betty Martin of Gesgapegiag.
MMS recently awarded this year’s winners in the Mi’gmaq Writers Award contest at a Feast/Social on November 6, 2019. Pictured below (Left to right): Amber Jerome of Gesgapegiag won with “Teaching Gopit a Lesson” in the 17 & younger category; Jennifer Gedeon of Gesgapegiag won in the 18 & older category with “The Little Cave”. We also awarded Sarah Isaac of Listuguj, who won in 2018 with her story “Lightning Woman & Thunderbird”. MM Chair Darcy Gray, who also is a past MWA winner, presented the winners with their plaques. Visit & bookmark the MWA page for more info.
Our next MWA Contest for 2020 is now open! The deadline for all submissions is April 30th, 2020.
The Nta’tugwaqanminen: Our Story book speaks of the evolution of the Gespe’gewa’gi Mi’gmaq along with our relation to the territory, past – present – and future. The books are available in English & French to members of Gesgapegiag, Gespeg and Listuguj. If you have not received a copy and would like one, please contact our office by phone or email with your name and mailing address.