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Job Opportunity

Director of Human Resources

 

Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey (MK) is a regional management organization that facilitates the jurisdiction of education in the member MK communities.

Reporting to the Executive Director, this position will act as a resource to the MK Senior Management Team, providing information, advice and guidance on all Human Resource (HR) matters ensuring best practices are shared and implemented organization wide including:

Directing the company’s mandate, as provided for in company policies and programs, ensuring that it is in compliance with applicable Occupational Health and Safety, Employment Equity, and Labour Standards legislation.

Coordinating the administration of policies and procedures related to areas of recruitment, selection, performance management, professional development, job descriptions, and job rating evaluations, salary administration, and employee disability program management.

Participating in the development, implementation and evaluation of HR policies and programs; conduct New Hire Orientation as needed; conduct exit interviews; explain HR policies, benefits and services to staff; HR policy training programs; lead special projects as required.

 

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications and skills:

            Lawyer, licensed to practice law in Nova Scotia

            Knowledge and experience in HR an asset

            Must have proficiency with various software applications programs

            Including Microsoft Word, and Excel

            Must be able to work independently of direct supervision

            Solid communication skills, both oral and written

            Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and professionally with

            Internal and external organizations

            Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment

            Decision-making skills for problem identification and solution recommendation

            And implementation

            Effective interpersonal skills; high level of initiative and motivation

            Knowledge of First Nation communities, language and culture an asset.

            Must have a valid Nova Scotia Drivers license

            Reliable vehicle

            Ability to travel overnight

 

Salary: To be negotiated

This is a one-year contract, with the possibility of renewal. If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please forward your resume, clearly stating your salary expectations to:

                                                Patricia Denny

                                                c/o Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey

                                                47 Mallaird St.

                                                Membertou, Nova Scotia

                                                B1S 2P5

                                                Phone (902) 567-0336    Fax (902) 567-0337

                                                Or email at:  patriciadenny@kinu.ca

 

Application deadline: March 24, 2017

 

On Saturday November 5, 2016, the inaugural Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Sport Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was held at the Hampton Inn in Millbrook NS.

 

The event was held as part of the Annual Sports Awards Banquet, where male and female athlete and coach of the year are recognized for their efforts and achievements.

 

This year the induction included eight members - four athletes and four builders. 

 

This year’s inductees and award winners are as follows:

Builders:

Russell Marshall

Wallace Bernard

Joe B Marshall

Peter Julian

 

Athletes:

Sara-Lynn Knockwood

Seymour Doucette

Jim Maloney

Hank Peters

 

Male Athlete of the year

Leon Denny Jr.

 

Female Athlete of the year

Selena Denny

 

Male Coach of the year

Levi Denny Sr.

 

Female Coach of the year

Angie Gillis

 

 

 

The Role Model ceremony, which honours elders for their hard work and dedication to their community, has been taking place for many years at Allison Bernard Memorial

High School(ABMHS). Each year, the students get together and decide who they would like to honour. This year, they chose Helen Sylliboy. 

 

 

Helen is the daughter of Tana’s and Theresa Sylliboy and the mother of Duma, Crystal, Clifford and Logan. For the ceremony, PR George made a video and wrote a beautiful biography. Helen was overwhelmed with tears of joy for being recognized for all her work in the community of Eskasoni. 

 

Helen holds a very impressive educational resume, including a Counsellor Diploma from the University of Toronto, a Diploma in Adult Education from StFX, a Bachelor of Education Degree from UNB, and a Certificate in Immersion Teaching from St Thomas University. 

 

Helen’s career involved working for organizations such as Indian Affairs and the Eskasoni School Board as a counsellor. She also helped create the ladies club, the Native Women’s Association and the Young Christian Student Club. Helen began to work as a Language Technician and Program Developer for the Eskasoni School Board in 1999. Helen has been involved in many translation projects such as the Hieroglyphic book, Mi’kmaq creation stories to published books, the Good News readings in Mi’kmaq (which had 150 readings and took six years to finish), and she has been hired by publishers and government to translate numerous articles and projects. Currently Helen is working on translating the bible.

 

Helen’s advice to students is to never stop learning and pray every day. Take pride in who you are, a Mi’kmaq, and work hard to fulfill your dreams.

 

 

Congratulations Helen!

 

Close to 80 students from across Nova Scotia attended the fourth annual Aboriginal Youth Trades fair in Halifax from November 6th - 8th.

   The activities began on Sunday evening with a banquet where students had the opportunity to sit with trades people and ask questions about their trade. They also heard from Austin Christmas, a business owner from Membertou who is a strong advocate for the Apprenticeship Program and the trades.  

   On day two, students were separated into two groups. One group attended sessions with Skills Canada while the other group went to the Trades Hall. The following day, they switched locations so that all students who attended the fair had the opportunity to explore the trades and participate in the hands-on sessions requiring problem solving and teamwork.

   During the evenings, students were entertained by going to the movies, shopping and doing cultural activities such as ornament making, basket making, and story telling.

   “We’ve had another successful year with a great group of kid at our Trades Fair” said Ann Sylliboy, Post Secondary Consultant. “I am looking forward to the next one!”

 

 

 

Inspired by the stories in the Living Treaties book, the idea of having a gathering to bring together Gaelic and Mi’kmaw Communities to begin the process of reconciliation was born. On October 25, 2016, a symposium was held in Wagmatcook which highlighted the similarities to the shared stories of the Gaelic-speaking settlers and the Mi’kmaq.  

The symposium allowed participants to hear the shared stories of being displaced by military might, by the loss of lands and tradition, by starvation, by economic and political and cultural hegemony—in effect, cultural genocide—people resigned themselves to new realities and, in the process, nearly lost their language in order to survive.

 

The loss of land, language and life by the Mi’kmaq continues to be both misunderstood and ignored by the dominant society, yet with great effort, the language is being spoken by a new generation. The loss of land and language by Highland Gaels is well documented, both in Scotland and throughout the Scots diaspora, and great strides have been taken to recover the language, as well, and to make it relevant to a new generation of learners. 

 

“The process of reconciliation is going to be a long journey; However when we have events where people from different backgrounds and culture can come to gather in the spirit of peace and friendship, we are on the right path,” said Jaime Battiste, Treaty Education Coordinator. “It was great to see the sharing of culture, learning about how both the Mi’kmaw and Gaels have struggled with displacement and language loss, and how they are trying to revitalize it. “

 

Attendees of the symposium spent the day sharing their experiences. Speakers shared their knowledge on topics such as language revitalization and the importance of the land. There was also opportunity for reflection on the past and a look ahead to a bright future. Music, dancing and the sharing of a meal made for an excellent day. 

 

 

 

In mid October, Adeva and Aveda Googoo, 8 year old girls who attend ESK in Eskasoni, had the opportunity to visit a school in England while their family was on vacation there. During the planning stages of their vacation, the girls were curious about what schools were like in England. Arrangements were made in advance of the trip to visit Hampton Hill Primary School. 

 

When they arrived at the school, the girls were able to join the other children for break time in the playground followed by the school assembly, which is a daily normal event in their school where all classes get together for notices and celebrations.

 

The girls father, Craig Paul helped with the presentation with the girls. Sharon Paul, the girls' kiju, obtained 27 hand made little dream catchers which the girls gave to each of the class members. The children loved them and Craig explained what they should do with them and how they dispel nightmares. Craig also talked about hunting and fishing and history of the Mi'kmaw people and about the arrival of the white people and how it impacted the Mi'kmaq. 

 

At the end he asked the class for questions and the children were full of them. The first one was "Do you have cars?" They also asked if Craig and the girls lived in a teepee, how deep the snow is in Canada, how many eels Craig would catch when he went eel fishing and what the girls wear to school.  

 

After the presentation to the class called Year 5 which has 9-10 year olds, the family met with the school principal who asked if the ESK immersion class or school could keep up contact with his school through pictures and/or letters.

 

 

As they were leaving the school, one little girl practiced the first Mi'kmaw word she had ever heard saying “namultes"!

 

On October 7, 2016, students, community members, leaders and Mi’kmaw language advocates gathered at Essissoqnikewey Siawa’sik-l’nuey Kina’matinewo’kuo’m (ESK) in Eskasoni to celebrate the Grand Opening of their Immersion School. ESK is the realization of a distant dream of what Mi'kmaq education could look like when Eskasoni took local control of their education in 1980. Determination and foresight led their

former director the late Marian Paul and a handful of educators to start up the immersion program in the elementary school sixteen years ago. Since then, the immersion program has expanded, succeeded and grown into this historic standalone school.

 

“I am filled with pride at what the Eskasoni School Board has created today. Every time I enter this building, I feel the sense of home, comfort and ease that come from being surrounded by the language,” expressed Elizabeth Cremo, Eskasoni Education Director. “I think the immersion school is a living breathing tribute to honour our people who attended the residential school; a place where our language and culture are treasured and passed on to the next generation with pride. “ Attendees of the grand opening were delighted to be given a guided tour of the building by students who showed great pride in their school. This was followed by performances by the school drum group and dancers. They also heard from several speakers who spoke about the importance of having a school where students have the opportunity to hear Mi’kmaw being spoken all day.

 

Students have been attending school in the old TEC building since last fall. The school accommodates over 120 students from K4 - Grade 4. They have a small gym, music classes, a kitchen, and complete immersion in all subjects.

 

 

Congratulations Eskasoni!!

What is your name, age, school, and what community are you from?

My name is Jane Riley Basque I am eighteen years old and I was born and raised in Potlotek.

 

 

What’s your favorite subject in school?

Law 12! This class was my favorite because I like to be informed and aware of my rights. I believe this is important because we need to know how to protect and practice our treaty rights. I enjoyed discussing and debating controversial issues. I have also always been fascinated with criminal justice issues and could see myself furthering my education in this area.

 

 

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be, and why?

I would like to visit Texas or Tennessee. I grew up on country music and would love the opportunity to go to see some local and lesser known bands and artists. 

 

 

What do you like to do in your spare time? 

Pretty much anything outdoors; I really enjoy being surrounded by nature. I like to fish, hunt, and I especially enjoy photography. I also like to spend time with my sister. She is a big part of why I have made it this far; I try to set a good example for her and show her education is key. 

 

 

Do you have a role model? If so, who? And why?

My role models are my parents and my teachers. They believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself. They encouraged me through some of my hardest days to keep trying. 

 

What is your best memory from your high school years? 

Some of my best memories from my high school years were spent outside at the basketball court with my best friend Matt. Everyone makes me laugh at my school. We’re like a family because we spend so much time together and we always try to make the best of it . 

 

What is the best thing about your school?

The best thing about my school is the staff. They are always there for you. If you go to school having a bad day they don’t try and make it worse. They let you be and let you know that they are always there for you. The teachers always encourage us to do the best we can. They let us come in early for extra help if we need (which has definitely helped me bring my marks up). We recently got a brand new building! For the last 5 years we have been in the Education Office and Mi’kmawey School. We shared the buildings and always made it work. We’re very appreciative of our new building; it’s a thirty second walk to our sweat lodge and our trail in the woods. Elders and community members have come in to teach us about our culture, history, and traditions throughout these years. We had pipe/naming ceremonies, drum and basket making workshops, eeling and fishing trips, and canoeing/kayaking to the Island. We take time to learn about our culture, history and take part in community events (like the new Canal design meeting). My favourite thing about my school is our relationships with each other.  

 

Who has made an impact on you?

My parents had a huge impact on me. They always encouraged me to stay in school and work hard for my education because nobody else is going to do it for you. You’re responsible for the life you live. 

 

Is there something you'd like to see in your school or community that isn't there now?

If anything, I would like to see more funding for sports and activities for the youth to help people be more physically active. I would also like to see more places for teens and kids to hang out and socialize. I think a gym would be an amazing thing to have here in Potlotek.

 

Words of advice, a personal favorite quote, or a thank-you?

 

 “It's the oldest story in the world. One day you're 17 and planning for someday...and then, quietly, and without you ever really noticing...someday is today. And then someday is yesterday. And this is your life.” - Nathan Scott

On Wednesday June 8, 2016, Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey held its second annual awards banquet in celebration of the success of both students and staff. The awards presented at the banquet were the Chief Noel Doucette Award, the Mi’kmaw Language Award, The Kji Keptin Alex Denny Memorial Sports/Ed Award, and Employee Service Awards.

The Chief Noel Doucette award was created by the Board of Directors in memory of Chief Noel Doucette, the first Chairperson of Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey and a strong advocate for Mi’kmaw education and the preservation of the Mi’kmaw language and culture. This award goes to a student who does their best to promote and celebrate Mi’kmaw language and culture.

The Mi’kmaw Language Award goes to a student who has the highest mark in their Mi’kmaw language class OR to a student who uses and promotes the use of Mi’kmaw both inside and outside of their class.

The Kji Keptin Alex Denny Memorial Sports/Ed Award goes to a graduating student who best combines sports and academics during the school year.

 

The Employee Awards recognize the staff that have worked at Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey for 10 years or more as well as staff who have completed a degree program or designation in the past year.

 

Chief Noel Doucette Award Recipients

Jayson Surette - Acadia

Samantha Brown - Annapolis Valley

Alexander Denny - ABMHS Eskasoni

Bella Paul - Eskasoni Immersion

Jada Paul - Membertou

Ethan Francis - Pictou Landing

Nolan Marshall -Potlotek

Michael Willis - Sipekne’katik

Ryan Martin- Wagmatcook

Kendra Phillips - We’koqma’q

 

Mi’kmaw Language Award Recipients

Angus Stevens - Acadia

Rose Meuse - Bear River

Nolan Denny- ABMHS Eskasoni

Elle Taylor Gould - Eskasoni Immersion

Neve Nicholas - Membertou

Riley Logan Prosper - Pictou Landing

Henry Isaac - Potlotek

Riley Howe- Sipekne’katik

Brylen Cremo - We’koqma’q

 

Gavin Michael - Wagmatcook

 

Kji Keptin Alex Denny Memorial Sports/Ed Award Recipients

Breagh Laing -  Acadia 

Levi Denny Jr. - Eskasoni

 

Employee Award Recipients

 

Lauretta Welsh - 20 years

 

Banners for 2016 Wow Reading Challenge 

 

Total number of participating schools : 78

Total number of participating Students : 13,862

Total Number of Books Read : 959,658 at the Elementary level.

Total number of Pages Read : 1,793,449 at the Middle School and High School Level.

 

2016

Wow Reading Challenge

Richmond County Elementary

Fiddler’s Division Champs

Mi’kmawey Elementary School

 

2016

Wow Reading Challenge

First Nations Fiddler’s Elementary Division

Gold Medalists

Nova Scotia / Canadian and World Champions

L’nu Sipuk Kinamuokuom Elementary School

 

2016

Wow Reading Challenge

First Nations Fiddler’s Elementary Division

Silver Medalists

Nova Scotia / Canadian and World Champions

Wagmatcook Elementary School

 

2016

Wow Reading Challenge

First Nations Fiddler’s Elementary Division

Bronze Medalists

Nova Scotia / Canadian and World Champions

 

Mi’kmawey Elementary School

2016

Wow Reading Challenge

First Nations Tartan Elementary Division

Gold Medalists

Nova Scotia / Canadian and World Champions

Eskasoni Elementary and Middle School 

 

2016

Wow Reading Challenge

First Nation Middle School Division

Gold Medalists

Nova Scotia / Canadian and World Champions

Wagmatcookewey Middle School

 

Wow Reading Challenge

First Nations Middle School Division

Silver Medalists

Nova Scotia / Canadian and World Championship

L’nu Sipuk Kina’muokuom Middle School

 

2016

Wow Reading Challenge

First Nations High School Division

Gold Medalists

Nova Scotia / Canadian and World Champions

 Wagmatcookewey Senior High School

 

2016

Wow Reading Challenge

First Nations High School Division

Silver Medalists

Nova Scotia / Canadian and World Championship

L nu Sipuk Kina’muokuom Senior High School

 

2016

Wow Reading Challenge

First Nations Past Champions Elementary Division

World Literacy Champions

Gold Medalists

Membertou Elementary 

 

2016

Wow Reading Challenge

First Nations Past Champions Elementary Division

World Literacy Champions

Silver Medalists

Pictou Landing Elementary School

 

 

 

 

 

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