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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~

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Member Potluck this evening 6-8 Portage

Greetings Members !

Just a reminder that our Member Potluck Open House is this evening from 6-8 PM Portage Satellite Office, 35262 Western Road RTE 2.

We are hoping for a great turn out and an opportunity to share some dishes !

Member Potluck this evening 6-8 Charlottetown

Greetings Members !
Just a reminder that our Member Potluck Open House is this evening from 6-8 PM 6 F.J. MacAulay Court. We are hoping for a great turn out and an opportunity to share some dishes !

Press Release - Native Council of PEI acknowledges the Acadian Day of Remembrance

The Native Council of Prince Edward Island

For Immediate Release

December 15th, 2014

The Native Council of Prince Edward Island acknowledges the Acadian Day of Remembrance and the horrific Deportation events.

Charlottetown PEI - The Native Council of Prince Edward Island as represented by Director of Public Relations, Andrew Sark, was in attendance for a ceremony  that paid tribute to the Acadian Deportation of 1758, an important part of our Island history.  The afternoon ceremony, organized by la Société Saint-Thomas-d'Aquin (SSTA) and hosted by Parks Canada, was held at the Port-la-Joye--Fort Amherst National Historic Site in Rocky Point, PEI.

"It is important to us as Aboriginal people to maintain ties with the Acadian community. Many of our Acadian and Mi'kmaw ancestors were family and shared lives together. The Acadian Deportation was a painful and horrific part of our past. Many Mi'kmaw people hid the Acadians and protected them in the forests while many others  perished during that time as well," explains Rikki Schock, Vice President of the Native Council of PEI.

The event was well attended including students from École Évangéline, École-sur-Mer, École François-Buote, École-la-Belle-Cloche.  These and students from École Saint-Augustin and École Pierre-Chiasson created a comic strip based upon Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s classic epic poem, which, itself was based upon the Acadian Deportation.

"It was great to see students participating in the ceremony and learning about their heritage. The location is beautiful, the monument overlooks the actual harbour that once hosted the Mi'kmaw canoes, French tall ships and Acadian chaloupes before the Deportation.  The walking trail to the Acadian Odyssey monument, the Old Harbour Path, features historical-cultural interpretive panels and there is the reminisce of the old Fort Amherst foundations. This is truly a must-see historical gem," states Andrew Sark, Director of Public Relations for the Native Council of PEI.

For more information, please contact:

Andrew Sark                                                                                                                                  

Director of Public Relations

Native Council of Prince Edward Island,                                                                                      

Telephone: 902-892-5314
Fax:  902-368-7464
E-mail: andrew@ncpei.com                                                                                                      

Website: www.ncpei.com
 

                                                                                                  
The Native Council of Prince Edward Island represents off-reserve Aboriginal status, non-status and Métis persons of all Nations living on Prince Edward Island.

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Press Release Acadian Remembrance dec152014.pdf

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Press Release - Native Council of PEI on the Aboriginal Culture Case

The Native Council of Prince Edward Island

For Immediate Release

December 8th, 2014

The Native Council of Prince Edward Island expresses urgency for Federal Government to recognize the damage done to an estimated 16,000 Aboriginal children.

Charlottetown- The Native Council of Prince Edward Island is calling on the Canadian Government to please make a move to settle the Aboriginal Culture Case in Ontario instead of trying to dismiss it.

" There are many things that define and maintain ones culture, especially while growing up. A strong family unit and connection to ones community is vital for the perseverance of Aboriginal identity and the practice of their language and culture. Our language contains our history, our stories and life lessons. Some areas have several dialects for one language, but it is this uniqueness within the dialect that reminds us of our ancestors and our culture." Explains Rikki Schock, Vice President of the Native Council of PEI.

There have been many advancements in the Aboriginal community since the Federal Government's recognition of the Canadian Residential School atrocities. Such advancements have encouraged a release of the guilt, hatred and shame carried by thousands of Aboriginal people.  These emotions were opened up and dealt with, and - although painful - it was an opportunity to forgive and let go, allowing the healing to begin

" We understand that this class action lawsuit, if settled or won, could allow the many victims to finally achieve closure and move on with exploring and understanding their cultural identity. We sincerely hope that both the Canadian Government and the Plaintiffs are able to come to an agreement quickly so that the healing journey can begin." Explains Director of Public Relations, Andrew Sark.

The Native Council of Prince Edward Island encourages both the Canadian Government and the Plaintiffs’ Legal Defense to work amicably in the best interest of Chief Marcia Brown Martel and all other victims in moving forward on a productive road of the revitalization and recognition of a lost cultural identity.

The Native Council of PEI encourages all Canadians to spend quality time with family, especially your Elders. Learn or brush up on your traditional Language and practices, own them, celebrate and share them!

 

Andrew Sark                                                                                                                                  

Director of Public Relations

Native Council of Prince Edward Island,                                                                                      

Telephone: 902-892-5314
Fax:  902-368-7464
E-mail: andrew@ncpei.com                                                                                                      

Website: www.ncpei.com
 

The Native Council of Prince Edward Island represents off-reserve Aboriginal status, non-status and Métis persons of all Nations living on Prince Edward Island.
 

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The Native Council of Prince Edward Island acknowledges Child poverty in PEI

The Native Council of Prince Edward Island

For Immediate Release

December 1st, 2014

The Native Council of Prince Edward Island acknowledges Child poverty in PEI and agrees that more government help is required, as shared with the CBC.

 

Dear Patrick and CBC News;

 

The Native Council of Prince Edward Island represents all off reserve Aboriginal and Métis persons on Prince Edward Island. We do not have access to the same federal funding that the First Nation Bands of PEI receive to address Child poverty in the Mi'kmaq Communities. We do understand that the funding they receive is limited verses the outreach of its intention. We sincerely regret to hear this, as it saddens all of our membership to know that even one Native child in PEI is living in poverish conditions.

We try our best to help any families in need, and in the absence of program funding we are able to direct families to Provincial Community Services. Staff have also made valiant efforts to help the parents of these families out as much as possible, through fundraisers and programs. We at the Native Council of PEI welcome any opportunities, and resources with other agencies as we continue to address child poverty in PEI.

Thank you for this opportunity to share our message and we look forward to hearing from, and working with other Provincial and funding entities in addressing this urgent matter.

For the Management and Staff of the Native Council of Prince Edward Island,

Sincerely,

Andrew Sark                                                                                                                                  

Director of Public Relations

Native Council of Prince Edward Island,                                                                                      

Telephone: 902-892-5314
Fax:  902-368-7464
E-mail: andrew@ncpei.com                                                     

                                                                                               
The Native Council of Prince Edward Island represents off-reserve Aboriginal status, non-status and Métis persons of all Nations living on Prince Edward Island.

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Press Release child poverty as.02.pdf

 

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