Tribute Elder Late Chief Alphonse Metallic
The Mi’gmawei Mawiomi Secretariat held their Annual General Assembly (AGA) in Listuguj at the Community Center (Bingo Hall) on September 5-7, 2017. The three communities of Gesgapegiag, Gespeg and Listuguj came together to discuss many important items on the agenda.
The AGA started with a community feast on September 5th to honour the Late Chief Alphonse Metallic with a program that highlighted his accomplishments and memories. One of those memories being his fight for our rights in Listuguj to fish Salmon. He is famously known for the quote “You can’t stop the river from flowing, well neither can you stop the Indians from fishing. Nobody will deny us that right”.
Mi'gmaq Writers Award
During the feast, we also acknowledged our Mi’gmaq Writers Award winners, Derek Condo of Listuguj, Nadia Robertson of Gespeg and Jodie Ste. Croix of Gespeg.
Day 1 : MM Mission, Vision and Priorities
On September 6 and 7, the Chiefs , Councils and Elders along with the Mi’gmaq citizens gathered together to discuss topics such as: What is the MM (Mi’gmawei Mawiomi), the MM Vision, the MM Mission, and an overview of the MM Priorities and goals for the next three to five years.
The participants broke out into two groups to determine which priorities are critically important when it comes to asserting and exercising the resource development in Gespe’gewa’gi. Citizen input was added to each of the priorities to be presented at the next Assembly meeting.
Day 2 : Financial and Oil & Gas
Day two of the meeting focused on the MM financial statements and a presentation on Oil and Gas. Terri Lynn Morrison took to the podium to deliver her presentation on the proposed MM approach to eco-stewardship issues and to answer any questions that were asked.
A strong message was delivered on our theme: “Mi’gmaq Governance over Gespe’gewa’gi” and the MM Leadership and the MMS are dedicated to the hard work that lies ahead ensuring our Mi’gmaq citizens are engaged and informed. The AGA will be held in Gesgapegiag next year.