Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government to Assist with Flood Restoration

 

COMMUNITY RELEASE

 

Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government to Assist with Flood Restoration

 

The Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government would like to notify community members that the flooding risk is lowered and the LMG will be taking the necessary steps to ensure that all the community members’ homes that flooded on April 27, 2018 through May 4, 2018 will be restored to their pre-flood conditions. If you have flooded during this time and have not notified the LMG, we encourage you do to so as soon as you can so that you can be assisted accordingly.

This means the LMG will be visiting the homes, assessing the damage and choosing the best course of action to ensure that all community members impacted by the recent flooding will have their homes returned to the state that they were prior to any water damage.

The homes that are known to flood more often than this specific incident will be dealt with in a case by case basis to help prevent any future damage to the home.

In the meantime, the LMG is working on a project with Indian Services Canada (ISC), Ministère des Transports Québec (MTQ) and Pointe-à-la-Croix to come to a solution for Caplin Road and other flood-prone areas.

There will be a designated individual who will be going house to house to help assess the home and assist in filling out any paperwork. This type of paperwork may be personal insurance, insurance through the LMG or the claim form with ISC.

The LMG, Chief and Council and Emergency Preparedness Team will be meeting directly with ISC officials to work out the details on how to best support our community members affected by this unique situation.

There will be companies dispatched to visit the homes as soon as possible to help with the remediation for mold and other harmful outcomes of the recent flood.

Updates will be provided regularly and for more information, please contact:

Jill Martin at 418-788-2136 or jill.martin@listuguj.ca

Update on the Flood Emergency

The Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government has been working diligently to assist community members with flooded homes since Saturday, April 28th, 2018.  Over 40 homes in Listuguj were affected.  We were able to purchase 26 pumps with the help from community members who traveled to get them.  We would like to thank the Listuguj Fire Department, Rangers and Public Works for working around the clock to manage the pumps at the Mi’gmaq Star and Beaulieu Turn and to bring pumps to homes.

 

The Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government will be taking the following action in the next few days.  If you require immediate assistance with flooding, please contact the emergency centre at 418-788-2222.

 

After Mass Assessment (Damage):

  • A preliminary assessment will be done with all the houses that were affected by stating the Damage with Pictures if possible, also identifying the vulnerable houses that required to keep the pump in case of more flooding.
  • Detailed estimate for house repairs.
  • Determining where to proceed next with other forms of prevention. (mold, mildew etc.)

 

Technical/Flood Monitoring

  • Monitor Water level and drainage channels.
  • Monitor Pump Performance.
  • Purchase additional equipment to ensure that we are more adequately prepared in the future.
  • Case Report to include the crisis causes and future action to mitigate the risk of flooding in the future.

 

Preparations for potential risks:

  • Pump Collection and Inventory. If homes require pumps at any time the LMG can assist in a more timely manner.
  • Make sure a shelter is ready for anyone who would may need to be displaced.

Paving Agreement for Roads in Listuguj

Message from the Office of Chief and Council:

On April 12, 2018, Councillor Sky Metallic and the Capital & Infrastructure team met with the Department of Indigenous Service Canada (DISC). An agreement was reached between LMG and the Department of Indigenous Service Canada regarding paving the streets in Listuguj, that would allow for the paving to begin as early as this year. There is still work to be done before getting started, however the Capital and Infrastructure department progressing towards making this happen. Plans have been developed for the following streets, with others possibly being added in the near future.

• Nation Lane
• Church Crescent
• Qasgusi
• Isaac Lane
• Dedam Road
• Gitpu Crescent (Pending Caplin Drainage)
• Glitaw
• Pguman
• Milita’j
• Caplin Road (Riverside to Nation Lane)
• Martin Lane
• Old Mill Road

This is a major commitment on the part of the Capital and Infrastructure working in coordination with the Lands department to insure the proper access and permissions are in order. Work to address the rest of Caplin Road continues, involving collaboration with the province, MTQ, and the Department of Indigenous Service Canada.
In addition to the commitments made to paving roads, we have explored several options for a long-term solution to the annual flooding and drainage issues on Caplin Road, and remain hopeful that we can begin working towards that goal in the immediate future.

One-Year Extension of Existing Tripartite Agreement

The Listuguj, Quebec and Canadian governments have agreed to a one-year extension of the existing agreement on the provision of policing services while keeping with the recommendations from the Viens commission.

The one-year extension will allow for a true tri-partite negotiations table starting as early as April 2018 which will meet our current and future needs for a long-term agreement.

The Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government was able to secure funding for the Listuguj Police Department’s operations during the extension, cover the costs incurred from own source revenue along with obtaining additional monies.

Despite the increase, Chief Gray made it clear to both Governments that the discriminatory clause in our agreement forcing us to sign under duress can no longer be a future requirement. “We need a system and legislation that establishes our police department as being on par, as it should be, with others that operate in our traditional territory.  The increased funding and commitment to negotiations for the long term lets us move forward without interruption and we can focus on continuing to build our police force.”

Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government in Negotiations to Renew Tripartite Agreement

 

PUBLIC NOTICE

 

Currently, the Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government is in negotiations with the Federal Government of Canada and the Provincial Government of Quebec to renew the Tripartite Agreement that funds the Listuguj Police Department. Under the Tripartite Agreement, Canada supplies 52% of the funding while Quebec supplies the remaining 48%.

At the moment, the negotiations for increased funding to meet the needs of our police department and to ensure a healthy and successful work environment are not being met. On average the Listuguj Police Department runs a $200,000 deficit each year due to budget constraints.

The Listuguj Police Department is unique in the fact that they hold no prejudice and do not only patrol the community of Listuguj. The nearest SQ detachment is located 20 minutes away in Matapedia, Quebec. Often, our officers are first on the seen in neighboring communities providing first responder aid and assistance.

71% of all cases brought forward to the Court House in New Carlisle are submitted by the Listuguj Police Department. Despite all the good work they do, the Listuguj Police officers are not treated equally in pay compared to their provincial and federal counterparts. An officer from the SQ or RCMP makes nearly double what an officer from the LPD is payed despite having the same amount of training, sometimes more. As a result of this wage gap, there is a high turnover rate of police officers in the LPD because other locations simply pay more.

The need for increased funding is to correct the pay gap, hire more employees as our LPD office is under-staffed, fund new recruits, and to replace old equipment.  Some of the equipment currently in use is outdated and poses additional risk to our officers in terms of safety and functionality.

It appears that the two respective governments are intentionally underfunding our police force in order for us to hire individuals from outside the community, mostly fresh out of the academy, for the purpose of gaining experience working in a First Nations community police setting. To what extent is unknown but the sentiment felt is that the purpose of underfunding our police force is to create complications and agitation in the work place to a point where we can no longer sustain our police detachment and have the province step in and police our community.

This was the case in Obedjiwan, Québec where they asked for a funding increase of $600,000 but were denied. The Quebec government had to step in and have the Sûreté du Québec police the community, costing the province $100,000 per week because the community could no longer fund their police department.

This Thursday (March 22nd, 2018) Councillor Lloyd Alcon will be testifying at the Viens Commission in Montreal to the importance of having our own Police Force and the negligent disregard of the combined governments for not considering native police as an essential service and merely that of a program.

For more information contact:

Gregory Wysote, Public Relations Officer
Gregory.wysote@Listuguj.ca
(418)-788-2136 ext. 2026

Federal and Provincial Government Fail to Fulfill Budget Promises

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 19, 2018 (Listuguj, Quebec) – Upon the Federal Government’s funding announcement in terms of First Nations Policing over the next five years, our Government was cautiously optimistic that they would receive the necessary funding to properly sustain their services for 2018-2019 and going forward.

“…We are presented with an offer that does not even begin to address the current situation and the need of our community, let alone scratch the surface of improving officer safety, training and equipment. This offer comes up about 93% short of where we should be starting as a minimum,” said Chief Darcy Gray.

“Forcing our First Nation Governments to sign under duress is not a true Government to Government negotiation process. It is the process Canada and Quebec impose on us, under the guise of reconciliation with our people. Waiting until the 11th hour to announce lower than standard funding is not only negligent and discriminatory but puts the safety and security of our communities in jeopardy. If funding for Federal, Provincial or Municipal police services were about to expire and the Governments did not respond to the agencies and the Canadian population, there would be chaos and they would never allow that to happen. This process clearly communicates that First Nations are not worth the same as the rest of the Canadian population.

First Nations Policing is still recognized as a program, not an essential service as they claim. If it was, we would not be in this same situation year after year. To start, we need legislative funding,” said Councillor Lloyd Alcon.

 

For more information:

Greg Wysote, Public Relations Officer                       Hilary Barnaby, Communications Officer
gregory.wysote@listuguj.ca                                          hilary.barnaby@listuguj.ca
(418) 788-2136 (2026)                                                  (418) 788-2136 (2169)

Independent Inquiry Confirms that Suspension of Councillor was Justified

An independent inquiry confirms that the Chief and Council’s suspension of Councillor Cathy Martin on November 7, 2017 was justified and appropriate.

Having conducted a thorough investigation of the relevant factual context that led to the councillor’s suspension, the independent investigator concluded that:

  • The Code of Conduct was properly applied;
  • The rules of procedural fairness have been followed appropriately;
  • The penalty imposed was justified; and,
  • The three month suspension and its terms were appropriate though on the high end.

Please see below a letter from the Sûreté du Québec.  The major crime unit in Chandler investigated the  file.  They came to the conclusion that there was no criminal offense.  Therefore, the file will be closed.

Click the following link to view a translated letter from the Major Crimes Unit in Chandler

Click the following link to view the original letter from the Major Crimes Unit in Chandler