Welcome

Welcome to the Native Council of Prince Edward Island (NCPEI).  The Native Council of Prince Edward Island is a Community of Aboriginal People residing off-reserve in traditional Mi'kmaq territory. NCPEI is the self governing authority for all off-reserve Aboriginal people living on Epekwitk (PEI).

~ Vision ~

The vision of Native Council of Prince Edward Island is to have a strong political and structured organization that can deal effectively with other Governments, pursue renewal, while expanding some of its current activities. The Native Council of Prince Edward Island wishes to become strong in its economic development capacity to develop business, tourism, and services for the organization and its members. The council would also like to establish social activities which nurture forth Aboriginal identities, Aboriginal excellence in sports, as well as cultural sensitive programs for children, mother, youth, adults, and Elders. The Native council of Prince Edward Island regards both traditional and contemporary activities as beneficial.

~Holding on to Our Future~

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KAIROS brings unique mass history lesson to PEI

 

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KAIROS brings unique mass history lesson to PEI

Hundreds expected to participate in KAIROS Blanket Exercise in support of Education for Reconciliation

Charlottetown, PEI – On May 28th, KAIROS will engage various partnering organization and provincial residents or citizens in a unique history lesson at the Cole Building, 175 Richmond Street, at 12:30pm. The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is a visual and participatory activity that helps people of all ages learn about Canada’s history from the perspective of Indigenous peoples.

This event is part of a national initiative advocating for full implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)’s Call to Action #62.i, which urges provincial governments to ensure that all students learn about Indian Residential Schools (IRS), treaties, and the contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples to Canada. This action is part of KAIROS’ Winds of Change campaign, launched last November, to help advance the TRC Calls to Action.

Since the fall, KAIROS members and supporters in PEI and nation-wide have gathered thousands of signatures on petitions in support of Call to Action #62.i. Local members will deliver these petitions to local government ministers and representatives.

This Mass Blanket Exercise is one of many taking place in provincial capitals across the country.

The Canadian government funded the church-run residential schools for 130 years. Former students, their families, and communities continue to suffer inter-generational trauma from the numerous abuses that Indigenous children experienced during this national project of assimilation. The KAIROS Blanket Exercise covers the historical milestones and impacts of colonization in Canada, including the Indian Residential Schools. 

“People who participate in the Blanket Exercise often ask why they didn’t know about these abuses,” says Jenna Burke, lead organizer of the event. “Implementing TRC Call to Action #62.i will help end this ignorance of our history in a generation and facilitate reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.”

Media are invited to participate in the exercise and interview spokespeople.

 

EVENT:               KAIROS Mass Blanket Exercise

LOCATION:         Honourable George Coles Building, 175 Richmond Street

  • In case of Rain, Trinity United Church gymnasium, 220 Richmond Street

DATE & TIME:     May 28th, 2016 at 12:30pm

WHAT:                A unique interactive history lesson from the point of view of Ingenious Peoples, presented by KAIROS PEI.

                          

About the Blanket Exercise:

In 1996, the Aboriginal Rights Coalition (which became part of KAIROS) worked with Indigenous elders and teachers to develop an interactive way to learn the history most Canadians are never taught. KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives has since offered the Blanket Exercise thousands of times, presenting Canada’s history from the perspective of Indigenous peoples.
The exercise uses blankets to represent the lands of what is now called Canada, and the distinct cultures and nations which live on those lands to this day. Participants represent the First Peoples. When they move onto the blankets, they are taken back in time to before the arrival of the Europeans. The Narrator and a European (or two) work with the participants to read a script while the exercise goes through the history of treaty-making, colonization and resistance that resulted in the country we today call Canada.

 

About KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives

KAIROS is a faith-based social justice organization of eleven Canadian churches and religious organizations. It focuses on Indigenous rights, international human rights and ecological justice. We deliberate on issues of common concern, advocate for social change and join with people of faith and goodwill in action for social transformation.

ABORIGINAL SUNDAY at TRINITY/ST. PAUL’S - June 19

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ABORIGINAL SUNDAY at TRINITY/ST. PAUL’S - June 19

Charlottetown, PEI – The 2016 summer solstice will be the 20th anniversary of National Aboriginal Day, recognized by Canada’s indigenous peoples and the Government of Canada.  It’s a celebration of the unique heritage, diverse cultures and achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.  Both Anglican and United Churches of Canada are observing the occasion this year on June 19th -- Aboriginal Sunday.

In Charlottetown on that day, Trinity United and St. Paul’s Anglican churches are coming together for a special joint worship service, plus an on-the-lawn ‘fair’ to highlight Aboriginal culture, issues and accomplishment.

Both national church bodies have acknowledged their part in the awful history of the residential schools, and have actively sought to promote reconciliation.  Prompted by the final report of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the two local churches formed a joint committee to urge action by governments and to raise awareness about Aboriginal matters among their parishioners and the wider community.  The group has been considering such issues as the residential schools, murdered and missing women, and the appalling conditions is some communities.  But members also wanted to learn about positive actions and successes, personal and community stories of overcoming adversity and doing well in ‘mainstream’ society while still retaining the distinctive heritage of our country’s original peoples.  There was consultation with representatives of the Abegweit First Nation, Aboriginal Women’s Association, Native Council of PEI and the Department of Education.

One of the projects which the inter-church group undertook as a result was to organize Aboriginal Sunday for June 19th.

“To achieve reconciliation”, says John Clarke, the St. Paul’s priest, “we need better knowledge of one another.  This special Sunday is designed with education in mind, so that we can learn more about the Island’s First Nations peoples.  It’s also a celebration, honouring the rich cultural and practical wisdom inherent in Canadian Aboriginal communities.”

The joint worship service is at Trinity United church, from 10:30 to 11:30 on June 19th.  It will feature special prayers, particularly about our relationship with the natural world.  The sermon will be a talk by Sue Moxley, who until recently was the bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Nova Scotia and PEI, and who has had a strong connection with Aboriginal matters.  Within the service there will be a segment of Mi’kmaq Legends, traditional stories with spiritual themes, performed by the Island’s well-known Mi’kmaq Heritage Actors.  The worship service will be televised Island-wide by Eastlink.

Invitations to join in the service have been extended to representatives of Island Aboriginal groups and provincial, municipal and federal officials.

After the service the congregations will go outside on the Trinity lawn for a sort of ‘fair’: displays about the residential schools and the TRC calls-to-action, the murdered and missing Aboriginal women, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, success stories of PEI and other Aboriginal persons ... and a treat: bannock and molasses, with a background of Mi’kmaq drumming.

June 19th will be a fine occasion to honour Aboriginal peoples, according to Greg Davis, Minister at Trinity United.  “Over the years the church failed them in word and action ... Now it’s time to be active in making things right.  It's important to name the wrongs, but more important to go forward doing what is right.”

The Aboriginal Sunday service starts at 10:30 on June 19th.  Trinity United church is on the corner of Prince and Richmond Streets in downtown Charlottetown.

Contact Information -  Phone: (902) 892-4114   Email: trinityunited@eastlink.ca

2nd Annual Fishing Derby

No Sign of Active Engagement from the Government of Canada

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Q & A: Daniels v. Canada Rulings

The following items are a list of frequently asked questions and answers related to the Supreme Court of Canada rulings on the Daniels v. Canada case. These items are provided for members of the Native Council of Prince Edward Island (NCPEI) as well as any non-members in the general public.

What was the court ruling?

The Daniels case was a victory for the Métis and non-status indigenous community because they are now recognized as “Indians” under section 91(24) of the Constitution Act. The rulings also stated that the establishment already exists in Canadian law, whereas the federal government has a fiduciary relationship and a duty to consult and negotiate with Aboriginal peoples, now including Métis and non-status peoples.

In more detail, the Supreme Court of Canada heard the Daniels v. Canada case and ruled on three points. Those points, or questions to be answered, are as follows:

  1. Are Métis and non-status peoples “Indians” under section 91(24) of the Constitution Act?
  2. Does the Queen or, by virtue, the Federal Government of Canada owe Métis and non-status peoples a fiduciary duty as Aboriginal/Indigenous people?
  3. Do the Métis and non-status peoples of Canada have the right to be consulted and negotiated with by the federal government as Aboriginal/Indigenous people?

The rulings stated, or answered the questions, as follows:

  1. Yes, Métis and non-status peoples are “Indians” under section 91(24) of the Constitution Act.
  2. Due to the fact that Métis and non-status peoples are now “Indians” under the Constitution Act, the answer regarding the Queen, or Federal Government of Canada, owing Métis and non-status peoples a fiduciary duty as Aboriginal people has already been established in Canadian law.
  3. Due to the fact that Métis and non-status peoples are now “Indians” under the Constitution Act, an answer regarding the Métis and non-status peoples of Canada having the right to be consulted and negotiated with by the federal government has already been established in Canadian law.

What does this really mean?

This means that Métis and non-status people are now recognized as “Indians” under the Constitution Act and that their rights, as well as the government’s responsibilities to them, are well established. This means that we, at the NCPEI, can look forward to real engagement at the provincial and federal government levels. This means that such engagement will proceed in a more meaningful manner, to secure greater access to programs and services for the Métis, non-status and off-reserve status peoples in PEI. This means that there is real opportunity for significant, positive change ahead.

Will everyone who is Métis or non-status now get an Indian status card?

No, the court case rulings do not change who is eligible for a status card under the Indian Act. If a person was not eligible for a status card before the ruling, they are not eligible after the ruling. For more information on who is eligible for a status card, how to apply and other related questions, please refer to the following link to Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) website:

https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100021842/1100100021843

Who does the NCPEI service?

The NCPEI has provided access to programs and/or services to the status, non-status and Métis peoples residing off-reserve, in traditional Mi'kmaq territory for over 40 years. The NCPEI will continue to provide these services to the off-reserve status, non-status and Métis peoples well into the future. For more information, please feel free to call the NCPEI Head Office at 902-892-5314

What is the total number of status, non-status and Métis people residing off-reserve in PEI?

The current, actual, number is not definitively known, but the NCPEI is working toward a process of clearly identifying this population. The most recent statistics state that there are 4,020 people residing off-reserve who are of Aboriginal ancestry and, of those, 1,785 identify as Aboriginal (based on 2011 National Household Survey statistics).

Does this mean there will be more money and/or funding?

Based on the rulings, Aboriginal Representative Organizations across Canada are expecting access to funding to be increased in relativity to the long-awaited recognition. Also, these organizations are seeking equity in the applied funding model(s) across Canada to be reflective of the high percentage of off-reserve Aboriginal or Indigenous peoples across the country (currently over 70% of Aboriginal/Indigenous people reside off-reserve).

What does this mean for the NCPEI?

This means that the NCPEI membership will have much greater opportunity, reinforced by the rulings and established precedent, to access meaningful consultation and accommodation, relevant services and programing to the Aboriginal/Indigenous community across PEI.

Justly, the NCPEI will continue to act and advocate, with renewed vigour, on behalf of all of the status, non-status and Métis peoples residing off-reserve, in traditional Mi'kmaq territory. The NCPEI will persist in ensuring that the organization and its members are consulted properly and granted access to relevant, meaningful programs and services in Prince Edward Island. This also means that the NCPEI will continue to welcome new members from the status, non-status and Métis Indigenous communities residing off-reserve.