Entries by Mike Isaac

Training the next round of firefighters

The last time Listuguj had a firefighter training course was roughly 15 years ago. As years passed the number of firefighters we had slowly dropped. “We keep on getting volunteers that quit, every year,” said Garry Caplin, Listuguj Fire Chief. After several attempts to establish a training course, the program finally had enough applicants to […]

Traditional Parenting: Helping people heal together

The Traditional Parenting Program offers a supportive group, without judgement, for anyone struggling with any aspect of parenting. Coordinators Tanya Barnaby and Christine Metallic try to offer tools, but ultimately, the group develops on its own. It’s been more effective than one-on-one counselling. “Things that you would not normally see in one-to-one … you will […]


Public Meeting

On September 25th, Chief and Council held a community meeting at the Listuguj Community Development Center (Bingo Hall) to discuss topics that community members submitted. The doors opened at 5 p.m with over 50 community members in attendance. It lasted nearly four hours. The night’s agenda had several topics. First item for discussion was the […]

Message from the Chief

We began Mi’gmaq history month with two wonderful celebrations, one at the Alaqsite’w Gitpu School and the other at Sugarloaf Senior High School. Both schools, in the spirit of reconciliation, took the time to recognize the importance of Treaty Day, with many in attendance wearing orange shirts to honour residential school survivors. Both events were […]


‘Nnui’sultinej Let’s speak Mi’gmaq

There is a red line at the Listuguj Education Complex that can’t be missed.  The line divides three classrooms from the rest of the building, creating the only English-free zone in Listuguj. Anyone crossing that line has to speak only in Mi’gmaq. The line is more than red tape on the floor.  It is a […]

Chaleur Terminals: the battle isn’t over

The New Brunswick Court of Queen’s Bench may have ruled in favour of Chaleur Terminals Inc. project on Aug. 5, but the Mi’gmawei Mawiomi Secretariat (MMS) doesn’t entirely consider it a loss. “We were not able to halt any construction during the court case,” said Tanya Barnaby, the new Executive Director, who acted as the […]

Listuguj Investing in Emerging Industry

The Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government’s $3 million investment in International Herbs Medical Marijuana Ltd. – which owns Zenabis in Atholville NB – was officially announced on Aug. 30 at a press conference at the LMG. “This opportunity will not only provide a financial return, but more importantly – a partnership built from meaningful conversations, a vision […]