Call for Tender – Social Services Building Construction

The Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government has released a call for tender for the construction of the new Listuguj Community Social Services building. This new building will address the growing needs of the directorate by bringing its programs together under one roof. The deadline to submit a bid is Friday, May 14, 2021.

Please see links below for more details on the call for tender.

SEAO : https://www.seao.ca/OpportunityPublication/ConsulterAvis/Recherche?ItemId=5e8dd9c0-93e4-472f-9479-55c060dbbca3&callingPage=2&searchId=9d4b19ac-efa7-4fb3-87ab-ad1000936bea&VPos=200

MERX : https://www.merx.com/solicitations/open-bids/Social-Services-Building-Listuguj-New-Construction/0000197532

Canada Recognizes Listuguj’s Laws and Authority in Fisheries Governance

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CANADA RECOGNIZES LISTUGUJ’S LAWS AND AUTHORITY IN FISHERIES GOVERNANCE

The Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government and Canada have reached an unprecedented step in our evolving relationship through a Rights Reconciliation Agreement on Fisheries.

 

On June 17, 2019, the LMG enacted the Listuguj Lobster Law following two years of community consultation, engagement, and guidance. The Listuguj Lobster Law is based, in part, on the Salmon Fishing Law, its principles and process. The enactment of the Listuguj Lobster Law sparked renewed negotiations with Canada. These negotiations sought to create a rights-based agreement on fisheries, with our Mi’gmaq understandings and beliefs, and recognition of our laws, poised at the centre.

The five-year Rights and Reconciliation Agreement on Fisheries was agreed to by LMG on March 24, 2021 and will be approved and signed by Canada in the coming weeks. In the Agreement, Canada recognizes the Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation’s fisheries governance and fishing rights. The Agreement also recognizes the mechanisms, including our Mi’gmaq Laws, by which the LMG governs and manages its fisheries.

For the first time, Canada has formally recognized our sacred, inherent responsibility for the stewardship of the land, waters, and living things of Gespe’gewa’gi. As the basis for this Agreement, Canada has also accepted that the recognition of our inherent jurisdiction, legal orders, and laws is the starting point for discussions between the federal government and the LMG.

“We firmly followed the mandate we received from Listugujewaq to assume control over our Fishery Governance. With this Agreement, we leave in the past a model where we were managing DFO’s regulations for a renewed relationship premised on recognition of our laws governing our rights in our territory,” said Saqamaw Darcy Gray. “Because of Listuguj’s strong tradition of exercising our jurisdiction by adopting our own laws, Canada was receptive and accepted to move forward with us adopting the Reconciliation spirit that has helped to shape this Agreement. Our community will benefit from this Agreement, and we will recover our inherent jurisdictional rights on Gespe’gewa’gi,” he concluded.

The five-year Agreement was endorsed unanimously by Chief and Council, and it sets the base for a better relationship with Canada and DFO on Rights Recognition, Fisheries Access, Fisheries Funding, and provides a framework for LMG Fisheries Governance & Collaborative Management.

“This Agreement will allow us to plan and implement our seasons with some certainty that DFO will not unjustifiably infringe on Mi’gmaq fisheries governance and our fishing rights. We will also gain increased access to fisheries resources whether for food, social, ceremonial, or commercial purposes, funds for capacity building on fisheries governance, obtain fisheries access, which could include licenses and/or quota as well as vessels and gear,” said Dr. Fred Metallic, Natural Resources Director, member of fisheries negotiation team on behalf of LMG.

LMG remains committed to making certain that our rights, responsibilities, and full authority over our fisheries are upheld. If required, there is nothing in this Agreement that prohibits the LMG from initiating or supporting legal proceedings against Canada concerning any alleged breach of this Agreement by Canada, including action by Canada that fails to fulfill the duty to consult and accommodate or unjustifiably infringes our Aboriginal or Treaty Rights. The Agreement reflects our laws, and LMG will continue to protect and fight for Mi’gmaq rights and responsibilities, on the water and at the table with government. As part of the Agreement, discussions between LMG and Canada will continue. In concrete terms, upon signing this Agreement the LMG and Canada will form a Co-Governance Fisheries Committee to facilitate collaborative assessment, planning, and management in relation to the LMG’s Fishery.

Once finalized, the full agreement will be made available on the LMG website.

For more information, please contact Hilary Barnaby, Communications Manager, at 418-788-2136 or hilary.barnaby@listuguj.ca.

 

Updated Listuguj COVID-19 Travel Guidelines

The Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government is concerned with the uptick in travel related cases in the territory. In an effort to protect community against potential exposure to the new variants, our government is announcing the following measures which take effect April 14, 2021:

  • Travel outside the region is prohibited and limited to essential travel only. This includes travel to obtain medical care and services, to appear in court, or for child custody arrangements.
  • Listuguj residents traveling home from an ‘orange’ or ‘red’ zone for non-essential reasons must quarantine for 14 days upon return. Please make arrangements to have your groceries and essentials in place before you come home.

Additionally, Listuguj residents travelling home from an ‘orange’ or ‘red’ zone for essential purposes are strongly encouraged to self-isolate for 14 days upon return. We encourage all Listuguj residents and staff to take precautionary measures in keeping our community, most vulnerable and Elders safe.

With the presence of the new variants in the territory, we are asking community members to remain vigilant while accessing essential goods and services in the region. If you exhibit COVID like symptoms, please consult the Government of Quebec’s online self-assessment tool: https://covid19.quebec.ca/surveys/cdd2/introduction.

The Listuguj COVID Hotline is still available Monday to Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 581-884-2771 should you have any further questions. Ways you can use the hotline:

  • To access accurate up-to-date information related to Listuguj’s COVID Response.
  • To access information related to support and services available to Listuguj Residents (e.g. mental health services, health contacts, etc.).
  • To provide information about potential breaches of our measures.

LETE Learning Hub Update

On April 6, 2021, Listuguj high school students returned to in-class learning in New Brunswick based on the Group A/B scheduling. For continuing support, the learning hub at the LMDC remains open. As the A/B scheduling will continue for the foreseeable future, students are still responsible for the online remote content on the days they do not attend SSHS. The Listuguj Education, Training and Employment anticipates a seamless and positive transition. Students should feel welcomed and supported through their daily activities. We will continue to support individuals’ social, emotional, and academic success.

As term 2 is coming to an end, attendance at both sites will be reflected in the students’ school checks. SSHS is hosting virtual parent and teacher meetings on Thursday, April 15, in the evening, and Friday, April 16, in the morning. Parents/Guardians will need to contact SSHS to schedule a meeting at 506-789-2125.

LETE wants to hear from parents of all students to share your child(ren)’s successes as well as any concerns. Please feel free to contact Tammy Barnaby at tbarnaby@lete.listuguj.ca or 418-788-2248.

Important Message from Listuguj Health and Safety

Pleased be advised that certain respirators and face masks have recently been recalled by Health Canada. We encourage all community residents to read through these recalls carefully and inspect their masks accordingly.

The first recall is for KN95 respirators. The products in this recall do not all meet the minimum 95% filtration rate that is required. Do not use these masks in situations where a minimum 95% filtration rate is required (such as health care settings). A full list of products and manufacturers can be found here: https://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2020/73137a-eng.php

The second recall is for disposable masks that contain graphene or biomass graphene, which is reported to have antiviral and antibacterial properties. There is a potential that wearers could inhale graphene particles from some masks, which may pose health risks. While Health Canada continues their investigation, they are recommending that these masks not be used. Consult your health care provider if you have used graphene face masks and have health concerns, such as new or unexplained shortness of breath, discomfort or difficulty breathing.

For more details on this recall, please visit: https://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2021/75309a-eng.php

Construction Safety – Capital and Infrastructure Update

Capital and Infrastructure will be conducting construction throughout the weekend in the subdivision off Caplin Road. 

Heavy equipment will periodically be entering and exiting this area.  We ask that you remain conscientious of this equipment and that you keep an eye on younger children and pets to avoid any accidents.

Message from Chief Darcy Gray to Our Fishers

Our snow crab fishery is in full swing. On behalf of Council and the Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government, I’d like to wish a safe and prosperous season to our snow crab harvesters. Wela’lieg to our fishers for their contributions to community.

 

LMG Radio Show – Agnutamaqan

The Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government is pleased to announce that the first episode of our new radio show, Agnutamaqan, will air on CHRQ today, April 7th, at 11:00 a.m. If you miss it, the show will be replayed on Friday, April 9th, at the same time. Each episode, we will welcome new guests to talk about exciting news at LMG and in the community.

Message from Listuguj Community Services

Message from Listuguj Community Services:
The lights at the Jack Wysote Memorial ball field in Listuguj will be illuminated this evening until sunrise in solidarity with Elsipogtog.  May the lights guide the return of the missing Captain Jumbo Sock to his family and community.

Message to Elsipogtog First Nation

The Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government extends its prayers and sympathies to the Elsipogtog First Nation as a whole and specifically to the families of the fishers who have experienced trauma and loss following the capsizing of the FV Tyhawk fishing boat off the coast of Cape Breton. Chief Gray, Natural Resources Director Dr. Fred Metallic and our CEO will be following this matter closely.