Welcome to Miawpukek First Nation!

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Miawpukek Mi’kamawey Mawi’omi is a First Nation Reserve located at the mouth of the Conne River on the south coast of the island of Newfoundland. Over the years the community has seen a steady growth in Government, Social reforms, Health, Education, Economic Development, Culture and Traditions. We believe that we will “secure our future by investing in our past.”

Miawpukek First Nation Mission Statement
Our Mission Is To Preserve, Promote And Advance

The Culture, Health, Economic, Educational And
Social Well-Being Of Our People – Including
Our Language, History And Spirituality.

 

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CALL FOR GRAND COUNCIL NOMINATIONS

This notice is to request nominations from the community for a new member for the Grand Council.

The Grand Council is a traditional senior level of government for the Mi’kmaq people and is made up of representatives from the district councils in Mi’kma’ki.
Currently, Melvin Jeddore and Misel Joe are Keptins and have held these positions since the early 1980’s.

Keptin Melvin Jeddore has nominated his nephew, John Nick Jeddore for this position; however, in keeping with our ongoing accountability & transparency, the Chief would like for the community to have an opportunity to either confirm the current nomination or put forward other nominees.

Since the Indian Act and introduction of elected Chief & Council, the role of the Grand Council has changed. The Grand Council now focuses on the spiritual needs of the community. They meet approximately 2-3 times per year around religious holidays. These positions, when chosen, are for life.

The first district Chief, Maurice Lewis was appointed in 1860 by Grand Chief from Cape Breton who came to Newfoundland to install the first district Chief. The gold medal that was given to Chief Maurice Lewis, cost $45 at that time to make. Which was a huge amount.

This position was renewed in 1974 by Grand Chief Donald Marshall. The medal that was hung in St. Anne’s Church by Chief Noel Jeddore when he left Conne River in 1920, was given to Chief Billy Joe.

In 1983, Chief Donald Marshall returned to Conne River to appoint Chief Misel Joe as the new district Keptin of Newfoundland. This is where the medal remains today.

The nominees will be forwarded to the Grand Council who will make the final decision as to who gets appointed. It will not be a decision made by Miawpukek First Nation.

Please forward your nomination to Alma Benoit at ac.vo1498280710gnfm@1498280710tione1498280710ba1498280710
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The Department of Natural Resources would like to inform community members that bears have been seen within the community.

If you see a bear within the community, please contact the Natural Resources Department 882-3001.

Your safety is our priority!
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On Friday, June 9th, the MCCPC (Miawpukek Community Crime Prevention Committee) participated in a ‘mock accident’ to highlight the dangers of distracted driving and driving while under the influence of intoxicating substances.

The MCCPC would like to thank the following for their contribution:
- St. Anne's School
- RCMP
- Fire Department
- Public Works Department
- CRHSS
- Community

Your continued support contributes to the overall safety of our community.

Thank You !

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Disturbing Facts:
1. ‘High’ driving is about to overtake drinking and driving.
2. A significant proportion of fatally injured drivers tested positive for drug use and levels were close to those of alcohol across Canada. Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or a combination of the two is extremely dangerous.
3. Young drivers and their friends who are passengers in the car, need to know that a driver's capabilities to drive safely after having smoked pot or taken prescription drugs can seriously impaired.
This is something we all need work on together in order to change attitudes of our youth.
16-24 year olds have the highest fatality rate for both alcohol and drugs.

Drivers between 16–24 years old account for most driver fatality cases; they also happen to be the group containing the largest proportion of drinking-driver fatalities (27.6%) and drug-positive driver fatalities (26.9%).

Nearly one third of teens (30%) did not consider driving under the influence of cannabis to be as bad as alcohol.
While there is a clear understanding of the dangers of drunk driving by drivers of all ages, things are not so clear when it comes to the issue of driving under the influence of drugs like cannabis.
Studies continue to show that there is a significant percentage (30%) of young people of driving age who either strongly agree or agree that using cannabis before driving is not as risky as drinking and driving. Too many young people remain unaware that driving while under the influence of prescription or illegal drugs like cannabis can seriously affect their driving capabilities.
An issue that needs to be addressed urgently.
Among young drivers, the ‘high’ driving problem is rapidly becoming comparable to the drunk-driving problem.
Results of alcohol and drug tests performed on drivers who died in motor vehicle crashes in 2008 in Canada reveal that 37% were positive for drugs compared to 41% that tested positive for alcohol.
One in four high school seniors have gotten into a car with a ‘high’ driver.
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