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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~

Latest News

Native Council of PEI Elects New Leadership - Media Release

Native Council of PEI Elects New Leadership

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Charlottetown, PE - March 22, 2015 - The Native Council of Prince Edward Island would like to congratulate newly elected President and Chief, Lisa Cooper, and Vice President, Raymond Guimond as the result of elections held during the NCPEI Special Assembly on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the Hillsborough Community Centre.

President and Chief Cooper holds a Diploma in Public Administration, Bachelor of Arts Degree, Bachelor of Education Degree and a Masters of Education from the University of Prince Edward Island. She has a long history with the Native Council, being both an active volunteer and the previous Director of Operations.

“This has been a trying time for the Native Council,” explains President and Chief Cooper, “but now we can move forward and start building the organization back up. People are ready for change, and I am excited for the future of the Native Council and to be part of that change.”

“I would like to thank the members who have put their trust in us to lead the Native Council of PEI,” states Vice President, Raymond Guimond, “There is a lot of work to be done and we have to come together as a community to move forward. We all have a responsibility to the Council."

The Native Council has experienced a divided membership over the past few months. “I know members will be watching in the months ahead as I’m held accountable to my promise of rebuilding a stronger organization, and I welcome the challenge,” said President and Chief Cooper. “I look forward to working alongside Vice President Raymond Guimond and the Board of Directors as we continue advocating for the rights of the off-reserve Aboriginal Peoples of Prince Edward Island."

For further information, please contact the Native Council of Prince Edward Island Main Office at: Telephone: 902-892-5314 or toll free, 1-877-591-3003 or visit our website at www.ncpei.com.

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The Native Council of Prince Edward Island is a Community of Aboriginal People residing off-reserve in traditional Mi'kmaq territory. The Native Council of Prince Edward Island represents some 4000 Status, Non-Status, Métis and Inuit people residing on Epekwitk (PEI) and is the self governing authority for all off-reserve Aboriginal people in the province.

~Holding on to Our Future~

New chief hopes to end Native Council's divided membership - Guardian Post

 

By Mitch MacDonald- Published by the Guardian Post, March 22nd, 2015 

The newly elected chief of the P.E.I. Native Council is hoping to end a divided membership and build the organization back up again.

Lisa Cooper was elected president and chief during a special assembly held at Hillsborough Community Centre on Saturday.

Cooper said the past few months have been a ‘trying time’ for the native council, which represents about 4,000 aboriginal people residing off-reserve on P.E.I.

“But now we can move forward and start building the organization back up,” said Cooper. “People are ready for change, and I am excited for the future of the Native Council.”

Cooper, who holds a Masters of Education from UPEI, has a long history with the council and has previously served as director of operations and interim chief.

A motion was passed during the council’s 40th annual general assembly in early February to dissolve the executive council, with membership being divided on who should lead the group.

That occurred after an interim council was appointed in January to replace the previous council.

Cooper, who was also the chief of that interim council, said she knows she will be under close watch as the new chief.

“I know members will be watching in the months ahead and holding me accountable to my promise of rebuilding a stronger organization, and I welcome the challenge,” said Cooper. “I look forward to working alongside vice president Raymond Guimond and the board of directors as we continue advocating for the rights of the off-reserve aboriginal peoples.”

Guimond, who was also elected during the assembly, said he wanted to thank members who put their trust in him and Cooper to lead the council.

“There is a lot of work to be done and we have to come together as a community to move forward,” said Guimond. “We all have a responsibility to the council."

http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/News/Local/2015-03-22/article-4085918/New-chief-hopes-to-end-Native-Councils-divided-membership/1

 

 

Renewal at the Native Council of Prince Edward Island - Media Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Renewal at the Native Council of Prince Edward Island

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - March 19, 2015 - Renewal and a strong future will be welcomed at the upcoming Special Assembly of the Native Council of Prince Edward Island.

On February 1, 2015, the Native Council of Prince Edward Island held its 40th Annual General Assembly, at which time a motion was passed, leading to the call for a Special General Assembly to be held in late March, 2015.  The Special General Assembly will now be held in Charlottetown on Saturday, the 21st of March, 2015 at the Hillsborough Community Centre.

There has been some division among the membership, but this is seen as a positive by many as it is an indicator of great interest in the present and future of the Native Council of Prince Edward Island. There are four candidates running for the office of President and Chief and two running for the position of Vice-President.

As this fiscal year draws to a close and a new one is on the horizon, all are looking forward to new direction and a strong, positive and productive future for the Native Council of Prince Edward Island. For further information, please contact the Native Council of Prince Edward Island Main Office at: Telephone: 902-892-5314 or toll free, 1-877-591-3003 or visit our website at www.ncpei.com

The Native Council of Prince Edward Island is a Community of Aboriginal People residing off-reserve in traditional Mi'kmaq territory. The Native Council of Prince Edward Island represents some 4000 Status, Non-Status, Métis and Inuit people residing on Epekwitk (PEI) and is the self governing authority for all off-reserve Aboriginal people in the province.

~Holding on to Our Future~

 

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Special General Assembly

Greetings Members,

Our Special General Assembly is scheduled for this Saturday, the 21st of March, 2015 with registration at 8AM. We wish to advise all Delegates, Members and Special Guests that due to blocked roads and hazardous driving conditions, we may have to postpone the event until Sunday the 22nd of March, 2015. We are keeping a close eye on the weather and hoping to be able to accommodate everyone and are doing our best to do so.  We will be making an announcement Friday, March 20th to confirm the date of the Assembly.

Thank you !

2nd Annual Grassroots Tour - March 20th !

Click here for a PDF version of this Poster PEIPoster.pdf

Congress of Aboriginal Peoples’ Grassroots Engagement Tour

During the fiscal year 2013-14, the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP, Congress) embarked on a cross-country Grassroots Engagement tour to meet with off-reserve Aboriginal Peoples in order to hear first-hand about the issues affecting the Congress’ constituency. National Chief Betty Ann Lavallée met with grassroots Aboriginal Peoples in each province and territory (with the exception of Nunavut) to introduce the Congress and to learn about what issues might be important for CAP to address at the national level when developing policies, projects and programs.

Funding for this initiative came through the Bilateral funding stream through the Métis and Non-Status Indians Relations (MNSIR) branch of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC). The project saw the Congress hold sessions in Halifax, Nova Scotia; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; Fredericton, New Brunswick; Vancouver, British Columbia; Yellowknife, Northwest Territories; Whitehorse, Yukon; Edmonton, Alberta; Regina, Saskatchewan; Winnipeg, Manitoba; St. Louis du Ha! Ha!, Quebec; and Sudbury, Ontario.

At each session the National Chief presented an overview of the work that the Congress does on behalf of the rights and interests of status and non-status Indians, Métis Peoples and the Southern Inuit of Labrador living in urban, rural and remote areas throughout Canada. The floor was then opened up for discussion. Attendees were encouraged to voice their opinions, concerns and issues. The National Chief asked people to be frank and honest with her so that she could get a true understanding of their concerns.

The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples greatly benefited from meeting with its grassroots constituents throughout the country.  The people expressed a great satisfaction at being heard and with the sessions. In every province and territory, more engagements like these were called and requested for the other areas within the provinces and territories.

The Congress will be embarking on its second year of its Grassroots Engagement tour in January  2015. 

 

20 January – Port-Hope Simpson

24 January – Bridgewater

26 January – Moncton

28 January – PEI

10 February – Saskatoon

12 February – Yellowknife

14 February – Whitehorse

23 February – Toronto

20 March - Charlottetown

 

To read the final Grassroots Engagement Report, detailing the input gathered at the 2013-14 sessions, please click here. 

 

Did you Know?

  • Today, over 75% of Aboriginal Peoples live off-reserve. (Statistics Canada, 2011)
  • Our youth are the youngest and fastest growing segment of the Canadian population. Our share of the labour force will triple in the next 20 years.
  • Yet over 80% of the funding goes to assist on-reserve Status Indians.

Since 1971, the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples – formerly known as the Native Council of Canada – has been the National Representative Organization and the National Voice for the constituency and their affiliate organizations making up the Congress’ family of advocates for the off-reserve, Non-Status and Status Indians, Southern Inuit of Labrador and Métis Peoples living in urban, rural, remote and isolated areas throughout Canada.

 

Contact us for event details:
Website: www.abo-peoples.org
email: info@abo-peoples.org
Phone: 613-747-6022
Fax: 613-747-8834

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