FNLMA Information Meeting

ATTENTION ALL WFN BAND MEMBERS:

The Chief and Council of WFN would like to cordially invite you to a community meeting to discuss a land management process they would like to enter into called the First Nations Land Management Act (FNLMA). The desire to enter into taking over our lands (opt out of Indian Act-lands only) would be to benefit our Economic Development Opportunities.

COME TO THE MEETING AS CHIEF AND COUNCIL WOULD LIKE YOUR OPINION AND/OR GUIDANCE IN THIS MATTER AS IT AFFECTS US ALL!!!

Location: WFN Gym
Date: June 14, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm

Light refreshments will be served!

FIREARM/HUNTER SAFETY

ATTENTION WFN COMMUNITY

Firearms/Hunters Safety Course will be hosted on April 28, 2017 – May 1, 2017. Scheduling is as follows:

LOCATION: WFN GYM

Friday 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm (4/28/17)
Sat and Sun – 9:00am – 5:00pm (4/29 AND 4/30/17)
Monday(Last night) 6:00pm – 10:00 pm (until completion) (5/01/17)

PLEASE CONTACT MIKE Mike Bartlett by phone or email at:
506-328-3303 ext 593 or mike-bartlett@bellaliant.com

NOTE: YOU MUST ATTEND ALL SESSION TO PASS! NO EXCEPTIONS!!!!

First Nations’ Income Tax Information

Being First Nations and disabled, a business owner or just working in Canada brings up a lot of questions about taxation and how it works.  Below are some links that can help you navigate the world of Revenue Canada and how it impacts us and our tax filing.

CONTRARY TO POPULAR BELIEF, FIRST NATIONS PEOPLE ACTUALLY PAY INCOME TAX!!

Popular topics:  www.cra.gc.ca/aboriginalpeoples

There are also telephone resources available:

  • Individual income tax and trust enquiries 1-800-959-8281
  • Benefit enquires 1-800-387-1193
  • E-services for individuals 1-800-714-7257

We also have online services such as My Account. My Account is a secure online portal that allows individuals to manage their account settings such as change your address, print proof of income or sign up for direct deposit. These are just a few of the options available on My Account. E-services for Individuals  has further information on the electronic services we offer.

 

Sisson Mine I.B.A. Referendum NOTICE!!!

Good day WFN! Below is information regarding the upcoming referendum for the Sisson Mine. The Chief and Council have put together an IBA (Impact Benefit Agreement) should the Sisson Mine be approved or moves forward. HOWEVER, Chief and Council have NOT approved the Mine. That decision is up to, WE THE PEOPLE. The referendum will be helf AFTER we return from Christmas break.  Please review the information below and call Gillain if you have any questions, her number is at the end of this document. REMEMBER, we are the stewards of our territory so it is very important that you make an INFORMED decision. Please read and ask questions if you don’t understand!

The Referendum will be held January 9,2017, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Woodstock First Nation Gym.

Off Reserve will receive ballots in the mail, very similiar to our recent Election process.

Woodstock First Nation

Backgrounder for the referendum on the impact benefit agreement for the sisson mine project

What is the Sisson Mine Project?

The Sisson Mine Project (“Sisson Mine”) is an open pit mine, being proposed by Sisson Partnership. The company wants to mine for ‘tungsten’ and ‘molybdenum’ – materials that are used in a variety of different products – about 60 km northwest of Fredericton.  The company is saying they would take out up to 30,000 tonnes of ore per day, and that they would operate the mine for up to 30 years. This would be one of the largest mines in New Brunswick, and it would operate in the heart of  Maliseet Traditional Territory.

What is woodstock first nation doing about the sisson mine?

Woodstock First Nation (“WFN”) has negotiated an Impact Benefit Agreement (“IBA”), also known as a Cooperation Agreement, with Sisson Partnership to make sure WFN and its members see benefits from the Sisson Mine.

What is an impact benefit agreement?

An IBA is often negotiated between a First Nation and a resource company looking to develop in that First Nation’s territory. The premise of an IBA is that the company explicitly recognizes that there will be impacts on Aboriginal and Treaty rights, claims and interests as a result of the development, and agrees to provide the First Nation with a  number of benefits. In return, the First Nation typically gives some kind of approval, sometimes with conditions, for the project to proceed. IBAs are project specific agreements with companies and are not intended to address grievances with government.

IBAs are not only legally binding contracts, from the Aboriginal perspective they are also a step towards greater recognition of Aboriginal and Treaty rights and the reassertion of Aboriginal forms of governance over resource development.

what is included in Woodstock first nation’s sisson mine iba and what benefits will Woodstock first nation get?

DUE TO CONFIDENTIALITY REASONS, YOU MUST BE A BAND MEMBER TO REVIEW THIS INFORMATION!! PLEASE CONTACT THE BAND OFFICE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.

What about environmental concerns?

Negotiations of the IBA have been taking place alongside the environmental assessment process, which WFN has been actively involved in. In December 2015, the Government of New Brunswick approved the Sisson Mine subject to 40 conditions. In April 2016, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency concluded that the impact of the Sisson Mine  on the Maliseet  would be significant. Since the release of this finding, we have been in negotiations with the federal and provincial governments on how to address and accommodate the impacts from the Sisson Mine. Additionally, in the IBA, we have negotiated environmental protection provisions.

what is a referendum?

A referendum is similar to an election, except that instead of voting for candidates you vote “yes” or “no” to the question being asked.

what is being asked in the referendum for the iba for the sisson mine?

The IBA for the Sisson Mine is being brought to the community for approval.   It will not be approved unless it is approved by  WFN membership. As a member of WFN, you have the right to vote “yes” or “no” on whether to approve the IBA for the Sisson Mine on behalf of WFN.

If the majority of WFN members who vote, vote “yes”, then the IBA will be approved and WFN will receive all of the benefits under the IBA. If the majority of WFN members who vote,  vote “no”, then the IBA will be rejected and no further action will be taken.

If you wish to review the IBA prior the vote, a copy will be available at the Band Council Office. The IBA must be reviewed in the Band Council Office and cannot be copied or removed from the building.

further questions or information?

For further questions or information, please contact:

Gillian Paul
Olthuis, Kleer, Townshend LLP
(506) 461-1187
gpaul @oktlaw.com

Disclaimer

The information contained in this backgrounder is confidential and for the purposes of informing WFN membership of the IBA in advance of the referendum, pursuant to section 16 of the IBA. Any sharing of this information outside of WFN membership is strictly prohibited.

For further questions or information, please contact:

Gillian Paul
Olthuis, Kleer, Townshend LLP
(506) 461-1187
gpaul @oktlaw.com