Chiefs Panel on Political Relations in NB

Episode 95 is a special Chiefs Panel on political relations in New Brunswick. From police killings of First Nations people during the pandemic; the province’s refusal to hold an inquiry into anti-First Nation racism; the RCMP raid on reserve-based businesses and now to the province’s cancellation of First Nation tax agreements – the relationship seems to be moving in the wrong direction.

I had the honour of hosting Chiefs from NB representing First Nations from both the Mi’kmaw and Wolastoqey Nations:

Sakom Chief Allan Polchies Jr., has been Chief of St. Mary’s First Nation in Fredericton, since 2018. Before that he served as Councillor for 13 years and has always been super involved at the community level. His First Nation is part of the larger Wolastoqey Nation.
Twitter = chiefallanjr

Chief Patricia (Trish) Bernard has been Chief of Madawaska Maliseet First Nation since 2013. Before that, she served as Councillor for 6 years and was also called to the NB Bar in 2000. Her First Nation is also part of the larger Wolastoqey First Nation.
Facebook = Trish Bernard

Chief Sacha LaBillois has been Chief of Ugpi’ganjig – also known as Eel River Bar First Nation – since 2019 and before that also served as a councillor and worked on economic development. Chief Sacha is also my chief! Our First Nation is part of the larger Mi’kmaw Nation.
Facebook: Sacha LaBillois

Chief Bill Ward has served as Chief of Metepengiag – also known Red Bank – since 2015. On Twitter, he describes himself as not only the youngest Chief in the Atlantic region, but the coolest. His First Nation is also part of the larger Mi’kmaw Nation.
Twitter = BillWard86

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