Chief Darcy Gray Community Announcement

 

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT:

After careful consideration and discussion with my family, I have decided that these will be my last few weeks as Chief, and I will not be running for re-election.  The culture of lateral violence within our community politics has impacted both myself and my family in unimaginable ways. Lateral violence has been an ongoing, increasingly worrisome trend since my first term as Chief. First and foremost, I play the role of a dad, a husband, and a son, and the protection of my family will always be my number one priority. Recent threats of violence towards my wife, my kids, and myself – have ultimately led me to my decision, as I cannot help but believe that these threats will no doubt continue.

This decision for me brings with it a great sadness because, over my two terms as Chief, we’ve seen tremendous growth and opportunity for Listuguj. For example, we have doubled the number of employment opportunities within our community; we have fought to establish good governance practices, and we have prioritized community engagement and input at all levels of policy and law development. This has led to the creation of our Listuguj Mi’gmaq Community Plan, Economic Development Strategic Plan, Listuguj Land Use Plan, LMG Housing Policy, Listuguj Lobster Fishing Law, Listuguj Cannabis Law, the Drinking Water Protection Law, and the yet to be approved Listuguj Custom Election Code – to name a few.

I want to take this time to acknowledge the hard work and efforts of our LMG staff who have brought in millions of dollars of increased funding for our programs and services, and who have fought for our inherent rights to self-governance through the implementation of our rights written in Treaty. In addition to this, I’m especially proud of the Listuguj Community Health Services as they advance in building the long-promised Listuguj Long-Term Care Facility – I look forward to this becoming a reality. As Chief, I will miss working with everyone who day in and day out continue to work above and beyond to make our community a better place.

My dad taught me that you should always leave something better than you found it. And as I take this opportunity to reflect on my time as Chief, I am proud of all that we have accomplished. My wish for Listuguj is that despite my decision we continue to work towards a healthier and stronger community. It’s time that we as a community look inwards and start the conversation of addressing the toxic culture of our politics. We often say that our youth are our future, but we must be mindful of what we are handing off to our next generation of leaders. Lateral violence is a product of the Indian Act and I believe that our community has the strength to move beyond it. Let’s make Listuguj something that the next seven generations can be proud of.

 

In Peace and Friendship,

 

Darcy Gray

LMCP Spotlight Nominations

The Listuguj Mi’gmaq Community Plan Coordinator is accepting nominations for their LMCP Spotlight! If you spot a community member highlighting any of our community plan’s action areas, we would love to know!

The LMCP Spotlight is to encourage community members to know and implement the LMCP. One of the main purposes behind the initiative is to recognize hard work and showcase that the plan is comprehensive. The entire community together will make it successful.

Requirements: The nominee must be a Listuguj Band member and must be highlighting one of the LMCP’s 4 action areas.

  • Healthy Community
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Stewardship
  • Entrepreneurship and Employment
  • Mi’gmaq Laws and Governance.

Find the nomination form here or contact Alexandra.willett@listuguj.ca.

Call for Tender – Alaqsite’w Gitpu Gina’masutioguom School Extension and Refurbishment

The Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government has released a call for tender for the Alaqsite’w Gitpu Gina’masutioguom School Extension and Refurbishment project.  The work includes the expansion of the existing gymnasium, the addition of a stage and cafeteria, as well as the addition of new classrooms and a cultural space.

The deadline for submissions is February 26th, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. Atlantic time.  See link below for more details and all tender documents.

https://www.seao.ca/OpportunityPublication/avisconsultes.aspx?Itemid=c80a8c08-39d0-43fa-8f9a-fe2fbb1fb17a

Education in Childhood Services Starting in February 2020

The Education in Childhood Services (ECS) program will start in mid-February. Please note that they will still be accepting applications up until the start of the program. If you are interested, please contact the program coordinator Melissa Drapeau at 418-788-2248.

 

Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government to Issue Temporary Licences to Cannabis Vendors

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government to Issue Temporary Licences to Cannabis Vendors

 

Monday, January 13, 2020

The Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government has taken action to address questions surrounding the implementation of the Listuguj Cannabis Law and the creation of the Listuguj Cannabis Control Office.

Effective immediately, Chief and Council have mandated the Cannabis Control Committee the authority to issue temporary licenses based on provisions outlined within OIC #2523 (click here to download).

The OIC empowers the Cannabis Control Committee to authorize cannabis operations within the community until the Cannabis Control Office is operationalized.

Applications for temporary licensing are available for pick-up at the Band Office. If you wish to get an application, please see Janice at reception. She can be reached at 418-788-2136.

 

Special Announcement

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government – Special Announcement

 

Sunday, January 12, 2020 –

This evening community members gathered in front of the Listuguj Police Department to question recent arrests made within the community surrounding illegal sales of cannabis. Chief Darcy Gray was in attendance to take questions from community members.

Despite the cold weather, there was a sizeable turnout, coffee was served, and positive exchange ensued. Chief Darcy Gray addressed community member concerns surrounding mistaken information which stemmed from social media suggesting today’s arrests were a result of SQ operations. Both Chief Darcy Gray and Chief of Police Trapper Metallic clarified that this was initiated, planned, organized and conducted entirely by the LPD.

Based on questions from the crowd, it was also mentioned that temporary licensing for cannabis vendors had already been planned to be addressed at the next duly-convened council meeting scheduled for Monday, January 13, 2020. If approved, by Council, temporary licenses will be issued on an interim basis pending the creation of the cannabis control office.

The meeting will start Monday, January 13, at 9:00 AM. Although we would have liked to have the meeting at the Listuguj Community Development Centre (Bingo Hall), the meeting will take place in the Council Chambers due to limited time available to coordinate a change in location. As always, community members are welcomed to join.

Suspension of Bus Transportation on Snow Days

IMPORTANT COMMUNITY NOTICE:

The Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government would like to inform the community of a change in the Winter Weather Surveillance Protocol. On days when it is deemed unsafe to transport students by bus, all bus transportation from Listuguj will be suspended. For example, when classes are cancelled for students at the Alaqsite’w Gitpu School, transportation will also be suspended for students attending schools in Campbellton, even if their classes are not cancelled. Parents will then be responsible for transporting their children to school.

For more information, please contact the Listuguj Education Directorate at 418-788-2248.

 

December ‘Nnuisultinej Challenge

Throughout the month of December, staff in the LMG Administration building took part in another ‘Nnuisultinej – Speak Mi’gmaq challenge. Staff were encouraged to learn and practice speaking something new in the language every day.  Here are the December challenge winners: Bruce Fitzgerald, Hilary Barnaby and Paige Isaac.

Elders Care Facility Request for Proposal

The Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government (LMG) found that the need for an Elders Care Facility within the community is mandatory to address the health, social and linguistic needs of the ageing Mi’gmaq population, in accordance with Mi’gmaq values and cultural traditions. This facility will provide culturally adapted care for Mi’gmaq Elders from Listuguj and Gesgapegiag.

The Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government has released a request for proposal for the Elders Care Facility Project in Listuguj. The closing date is January 24, 2020 at 10:00 AM Atlantic time. The tender documents are available below to download. To obtain the AutoCAD drawings of the land boundaries / limits, please contact Wessam Toulan at wessam.toulan@listuguj.ca.

 

Tender Documents:

ELDERS CARE FACILITY- RFP 13 DEC

LMG-Tender-Policy

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30 Day ‘Nnuisultinej – Speak Mi’gmaq Challenge

Throughout the month of November, staff in the LMG Administration building took part in a ‘Nnuisultinej – Speak Mi’gmaq challenge. The goal of this challenge was to bring the language into the workplace through a fun activity. Staff were encouraged to learn and practice speaking something new in the language every day.  Here are the three winners of the challenge with their prizes: Bruce Fitzgerald, Hilary Barnaby and Paige Isaac.

L to R: Erika Gideon Marchand, the Mi’gmaw Language Revitalization Project Coordinator, Paige Isaac, Bruce Fitzgerald and Hilary Barnaby