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Sitansisk Wolastoqiyik is an urban community in North-Eastern Turtle Island. Sitansisk lies on the Wolastoq, opposite downtown Fredericton, New Brunswick.

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Update Regarding COVID-19 Policy

During a duly convened session of Chief and Council on September 28, 2021, a new COVID-19 policy was adopted for use in all band-operated buildings. As part of this policy, a mandate was introduced for testing of employees (and individuals regularly conducting business inside); individuals who provide proof of vaccination are exempt from this testing. Individuals who repeatedly decline testing will be denied entry into band-operated buildings until further notice. We continue to welcome citizens and employees to utilize our spaces provided they agree to these public health measures.
The tests being used are point-of-care/rapid test kits. These tests involve a non-invasive swabbing of the end of nostrils and can be self-administered. These tests are provided to employees at no cost and all results are to be kept confidential.
This policy was made under the advisement of our health workers, public health officers from multiple levels of governance and SMFN Emergency Measures Operations. Our community has one of the highest vaccination rates in Turtle Island and has managed to avoid having a positive COVID-19 test among any members at this time.
This policy is an effort to maintain that success. The overwhelming majority of staff have agreed to testing or have provided proof of vaccination, with testing proving effective at preventing the potential spread of COVID-19 in at least one facility.
Chief and Council remain committed to maintaining the health and safety of our nation. The next Chief and Council meeting will be held on October 19, 2021. If citizens have input on the above issues or any other concerns, please contact a member of Chief and Council or Band Administration by calling the band office or via their listed contact information on the community website.
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Update Regarding COVID-19 Policy

During a duly convened session of Chief and Council on September 28, 2021, a new COVID-19 policy was adopted for use in all band-operated buildings. As part of this policy, a mandate was introduced for testing of employees (and individuals regularly conducting business inside); individuals who provide proof of vaccination are exempt from this testing. Individuals who repeatedly decline testing will be denied entry into band-operated buildings until further notice. We continue to welcome citizens and employees to utilize our spaces provided they agree to these public health measures.
The tests being used are point-of-care/rapid test kits. These tests involve a non-invasive swabbing of the end of nostrils and can be self-administered. These tests are provided to employees at no cost and all results are to be kept confidential.
This policy was made under the advisement of our health workers, public health officers from multiple levels of governance and SMFN Emergency Measures Operations. Our community has one of the highest vaccination rates in Turtle Island and has managed to avoid having a positive COVID-19 test among any members at this time.
This policy is an effort to maintain that success. The overwhelming majority of staff have agreed to testing or have provided proof of vaccination, with testing proving effective at preventing the potential spread of COVID-19 in at least one facility.
Chief and Council remain committed to maintaining the health and safety of our nation. The next Chief and Council meeting will be held on October 19, 2021. If citizens have input on the above issues or any other concerns, please contact a member of Chief and Council or Band Administration by calling the band office or via their listed contact information on the community website.

Reminder: There is an open meeting for community members at Maqiyahtimok this evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to discuss policy solutions to the ongoing drug issue.

COVID-19 policies apply, masks must be worn, physical distancing maintained wherever possible.

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GNB reverses course on early cancellation of tax revenue sharing agreements with Wolastoqey Nations in advance of court hearing Oct. 5, 2021 (FREDERICTON) – The six Wolastoqey First Nations emerged from the Court of Queen’s Bench of New Brunswick this week with a victory after the GNB changed course on its early cancellation of tax revenue sharing agreements with the First Nations. GNB gave notice that it would cancel the agreements on April 13, 2022. However, under those agreements’ clear terms, they cannot be cancelled until January 31, 2023 at the earliest. The First Nations commenced an application in the Court of Queen’s Bench to prevent the agreements’ early cancellation. The hearing was scheduled to be heard October 15, 2021. After GNB failed to have that hearing postponed until 2022, it reversed course and agreed that the agreements would be terminated on January 31, 2023. Tobique Chief Ross Perley says the clock now resets. “GNB accepts our position that the tax revenue sharing agreements cannot be terminated until January 2023, at the earliest,” Ross said. The tax agreements date back to the 1990s and they were updated in 2017, with the six First Nations making a variety of concessions, including with respect to the termination clause at issue in this application, in exchange for a long-term and stable arrangement. In April of this year, without warning, the Higgs government hastily convened a news conference to publicly announce the cancellation of the agreements, before contacting the band Chiefs and informing them of the action. His representatives, including the Minister of Finance, hosted a very short conference call that same day with the Chiefs. The Chiefs were not permitted to speak or ask questions about the decision on the call. Since then, the Higgs government has ignored the Chiefs’ repeated requests that the government rescind the cancellations – which are invalid and contrary to the terms of the agreements – to permit the parties to negotiate in good faith.

The Chiefs of the six Wolastoqey Nations are frustrated with Premier Blaine Higgs and his Ministers for their repeated refusal to engage in meaningful discussions regarding the revenue sharing agreements. “Blaine Higgs has shown nothing but scorn toward First Nations people on this issue and many others. By trying to cancel these agreements early, and by forcing us to go to court to enforce the clear terms of the agreements, he has undermined the goal of reconciliation,” said Chief Patricia Bernard of the Madawaska First Nation. Chief Allan Polchies of St. Mary’s First Nation says GNB under Higgs is racking up a list of insults to First Nation people. “Higgs refused to mark Sept. 30 as a provincial day for Truth and Reconciliation as was done nationally. Instead he spent the day posting videos of himself on his social media accounts. As many pointed out, the day wasn’t about him and his words rang hollow.’’ Woodstock Chief Tim Paul said GNB has lost its ability to negotiate in good faith with First Nations. “When Premier Higgs didn’t get the result he wanted in the carbon tax case, he turned around and tried to terminate these agreements early. This is not how you build and maintain a long term and trusting relationship.” “The Province acted completely unilaterally,’’ Chief Paul said. “These were 10-year agreements negotiated in good faith with the province. They were scheduled to run until 2027, and they are not even due for review until January of 2022. This early cancellation was just the latest in this government’s efforts to undermine these agreements, which were entered into to advance reconciliation and to help make up for the vast gaps in standards between people living on and off reserves.” The agreements were signed as a continuation of cooperation between First Nations and the province dating back decades. The revenue sharing is designed to provide basic social aid and housing needs for impoverished reserves. “Vulnerable people are the ones that will be hurt if these agreements aren’t honoured and extended,’’ Oromocto Chief Shelley Sabattis said. “The social consequences could be devastating.’’ The Wolastoqey Nation repeatedly reached out to the Higgs government for meaningful discussions on this and other issues but those efforts have been in vain. “This a big win, achieved without spending a day in court”, concluded Kingsclear Chief Gabriel Atwin. This hasn't been the only court victory for the Chiefs this year. In March, the Court of Queen’s Bench accepted the Wolastoqey First Nation’s position that the newly imposed carbon tax must be shared under the tax revenue sharing agreements. The ruling required the government to comply with the same sharing arrangements. The six Chiefs of the Wolastoqey First Nations call on all residents of New Brunswick to remind the Premier about the his obligations to work with First Nations to advance the goal of reconciliation.
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GNB  reverses  course  on  early  cancellation  of  tax  revenue  sharing agreements  with  Wolastoqey  Nations  in  advance  of  court  hearing Oct.  5,  2021  (FREDERICTON)  –  The  six  Wolastoqey  First  Nations  emerged  from  the  Court  of Queen’s  Bench  of  New  Brunswick  this  week  with  a  victory  after  the  GNB  changed  course  on  its early  cancellation  of  tax  revenue  sharing  agreements  with  the  First  Nations.   GNB gave  notice  that  it  would  cancel  the  agreements  on  April  13,  2022.  However,  under  those agreements’  clear  terms,  they  cannot  be  cancelled  until  January  31,  2023  at  the  earliest.  The First  Nations  commenced  an  application  in  the  Court  of  Queen’s  Bench  to  prevent  the agreements’  early  cancellation.  The  hearing  was  scheduled  to  be  heard  October 15, 2021. After GNB failed  to  have  that  hearing  postponed  until  2022,  it  reversed  course  and  agreed  that  the agreements  would  be  terminated  on  January  31,  2023. Tobique  Chief  Ross  Perley  says  the  clock  now  resets.  “GNB  accepts  our  position  that  the  tax revenue  sharing  agreements  cannot be  terminated  until  January  2023, at the  earliest,” Ross said.     The  tax  agreements  date  back  to  the  1990s  and  they  were  updated  in  2017,  with  the  six  First Nations  making  a  variety  of  concessions,  including  with  respect  to  the  termination  clause  at issue  in  this  application,  in  exchange  for  a  long-term  and  stable  arrangement. In  April  of this  year, without warning, the  Higgs  government hastily  convened  a  news  conference to  publicly  announce  the  cancellation  of the  agreements,  before  contacting  the  band  Chiefs  and informing  them  of  the  action.  His  representatives,  including  the  Minister  of  Finance,  hosted  a very  short  conference  call  that  same  day  with  the  Chiefs.  The  Chiefs  were  not  permitted  to speak  or  ask  questions  about  the  decision  on  the  call.     Since  then,  the  Higgs  government  has  ignored  the  Chiefs’  repeated  requests  that  the government  rescind  the  cancellations  –  which  are  invalid  and  contrary  to  the  terms  of  the agreements  –  to  permit the  parties  to  negotiate  in  good  faith.

The  Chiefs  of  the  six  Wolastoqey  Nations  are  frustrated  with  Premier  Blaine  Higgs  and  his Ministers  for  their  repeated  refusal  to  engage  in  meaningful  discussions  regarding  the  revenue sharing  agreements. “Blaine  Higgs  has  shown  nothing  but  scorn  toward  First Nations  people  on  this  issue  and  many others.  By  trying  to  cancel  these  agreements  early,  and  by  forcing  us  to  go  to  court  to  enforce the  clear terms  of the  agreements, he  has  undermined  the  goal  of reconciliation,” said  Chief Patricia  Bernard  of  the  Madawaska  First  Nation.     Chief  Allan  Polchies  of  St.  Mary’s  First  Nation  says  GNB  under  Higgs  is  racking  up  a  list  of insults  to  First  Nation  people.  “Higgs  refused  to  mark  Sept.  30  as  a  provincial  day  for  Truth  and Reconciliation  as  was  done  nationally.  Instead  he  spent  the  day  posting  videos  of  himself  on  his social  media  accounts.  As  many  pointed  out,  the  day  wasn’t  about  him  and  his  words  rang hollow.’’ Woodstock  Chief  Tim  Paul  said  GNB  has  lost  its  ability  to  negotiate  in  good  faith  with  First Nations.  “When  Premier  Higgs  didn’t  get  the  result  he  wanted  in  the  carbon  tax  case,  he  turned around  and  tried  to  terminate  these  agreements  early.  This  is  not  how  you  build  and  maintain  a long  term  and  trusting  relationship.” “The  Province  acted  completely  unilaterally,’’  Chief Paul  said. “These  were  10-year  agreements negotiated  in  good  faith  with  the  province.  They  were  scheduled  to  run  until  2027, and  they  are not  even  due  for  review  until  January  of  2022. This  early  cancellation  was  just  the  latest  in  this government’s  efforts  to  undermine  these  agreements,  which  were  entered  into  to  advance reconciliation  and  to  help  make  up  for the  vast gaps  in  standards  between  people  living  on  and off  reserves.” The  agreements  were  signed  as  a  continuation  of  cooperation  between  First  Nations  and  the province  dating  back  decades.  The  revenue  sharing  is  designed  to  provide  basic  social  aid  and housing  needs  for  impoverished  reserves. “Vulnerable  people  are  the  ones  that will  be  hurt if these  agreements  aren’t  honoured  and extended,’’  Oromocto  Chief  Shelley  Sabattis  said.  “The  social  consequences  could  be devastating.’’ The  Wolastoqey  Nation  repeatedly  reached  out to  the  Higgs  government for meaningful discussions  on  this  and  other  issues  but  those  efforts  have  been  in  vain. “This  a  big  win, achieved  without spending  a  day  in  court”, concluded  Kingsclear  Chief  Gabriel Atwin. This  hasnt  been  the  only  court  victory  for  the  Chiefs  this  year.  In  March,  the  Court  of  Queen’s Bench  accepted  the  Wolastoqey  First  Nation’s  position  that  the  newly  imposed  carbon  tax  must be  shared  under  the  tax  revenue  sharing  agreements.  The  ruling  required  the  government  to comply  with  the  same  sharing  arrangements. The  six  Chiefs  of  the  Wolastoqey  First  Nations  call  on  all  residents  of  New  Brunswick  to  remind the  Premier about the  his  obligations  to  work  with  First Nations  to  advance  the  goal  of reconciliation.Image attachmentImage attachment

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