A Conversation:

How the Mi'kmaq and Maliseet Peoples are Key to Our Future

The third conversation in the Changing New Brunswick series, held Tuesday, March 1, 2011, attracted a crowd of nearly 100.  The featured speakers discussed how New Brunswick's first people are key to the future of the province and a lively discussion ensued.  The conversation was held in the J. Harper Kent Auditorium at the Wu Conference Centre, at UNB Fredericton.

Andy Scott  moderated a discussion among:

  • Gwen Bear, elder-in-residence, Mi'kmaq Maliseet Institute, UNB
  • Chris George, director of aboriginal education initiatives, St. Thomas University
  • David Perley, Maliseet educator, researcher and leader
  • Angel Ward, student in the First Nations Business Administration Certificate program, UNB

The Honourable Graydon Nicholas, Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick, added his voice to the discussion via video.

Mr. Scott served as Canada's Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development from 2004 to 2006.  He is the Andrews Senior Fellow in Social Policy in the faculty of arts at UNB in Fredericton and executive director of the New Brunswick Social Policy Research Network.

The Changing New Brunswick Conversation Series is funded by a bequest from J. William Andrews, who was born in Milltown, N.B., in 1931.  A UNB alumnus, he graduated with a bachelor of arts with first class honours in economics in 1952.  Mr. Andrews was lifelong employee of CIL/ICI/PCI in Montreal where he worked as an accountant.  He died in January 2005, leaving one quarter of his estate to his alma mater.

This was the third conversation in the 2010-11 Changing New Brunswick series. Click through for information on the first, second and fourth conversations.