The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - New Brunswick Chapter (CPAWS NB) is the provincial branch of a national conservation charity. We encourage the protection of our province’s wild ecosystems in protected areas, and work to ensure that nature comes first in parks management. CPAWS NB is looking for an enthusiastic self-starter to help develop and promote protected areas campaigns for the land and ocean in New Brunswick. The successful candidate will be someone who can effectively work independently with little supervision, and who is able to quickly identify solutions to problems.

Duties
If you are the successful applicant, you will develop your skills in communicating nature conservation issues to the public, and building relationships to advance protected areas campaigns. The Conservation Assistant’s duties will include, but not be limited to, the following:
a) Undertaking research to contribute to communications materials regarding our ocean conservation, wilderness conservation and park management work;
b) Writing content for and designing materials for our educational and awareness programs;
c) Promoting, scheduling and leading our Watch Your Paws educational program (in English and French) in schools and with youth groups;
d) Organizing, promoting and attending meetings, outdoor activities and events with volunteers, community organizations, and community leaders in various parts of New Brunswick;
e) Helping to coordinate the activities of summer students and volunteers;
f) Writing reports on research findings, taking minutes at meetings, and writing briefing notes, backgrounders, content for newsletters, websites and social media;
g) Assisting with grant proposals and other fundraising activities.

The successful applicant:
a) Has a post-secondary degree from a college or university, from any of these fields: Environmental Studies, Natural Sciences, Environmental Policy, Environmental Education or a related field with an interest in working in the conservation sector;
b) Is currently under-employed and living in New Brunswick, or willing to relocate to New Brunswick;
c) Has experience and interest in nature conservation issues, communicating with the public, volunteer management or community outreach;
d) Has strong research and writing skills;
e) Has proficiency with Word, Publisher, Excel, PowerPoint and/or other similar software, and well-developed communications skills online, with various social media;
f) Has exceptional organizational skills and ability to track and report on the details of various aspects of projects;
g) Has proven leadership abilities, ability to take initiative, ability to work independently with limited supervision and to develop own work plan to achieve assigned tasks;
h) Has a valid New Brunswick driver’s license, and the ability to travel throughout New Brunswick;
i) Has Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or has been granted refugee status in Canada and is legally entitled to work in New Brunswick.
j) The ability to communicate in both English and French are strong assets for this position.

This position will be based out of Fredericton, with some travel throughout New Brunswick. The position will be 30-37.5 hours per week, for at least 6 months, with the potential for extension.

To apply for this position, please submit a resume and cover letter, describing how you meet the qualifications for this position. We require the names and contact information of three professional references. Please, no phone calls or drop-ins. Please apply, by email only, before September 21, 2017 to: rclowater[at]cpaws.org (replace at with the symbol).

For more information about CPAWS NB, please visit our web site: www.cpawsnb.org   


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Action Alerts

Call for nominations for the NBEN Awards - 2017

Monday, 31 July 2017
by Annika Chiasson
Every day people and environmental groups take action to protect and restore New Brunswick’s environment.  

Over this past year, who stands out in your mind? 

We invite you to nominate a group or individual deserving of one of the NBEN awards which will be presented in style at Eco-Confluence 2017.  Send an e-mail to nben@nben.ca describing your nominee’s work.  Nominees must be members or associates of the NBEN*.

Nomination deadline is September 13, 2017.

*Current NBEN Steering Committee members are not eligible for awards.

Resquest for letters of support: Proposed name restoration for the Wolastoq

Sunday, 30 April 2017
by Alma
 The Wolastoq Grand Council supports our YOUTH GROUPS on their proposal for changing the name of the Saint John River, back to it’s original and proper name; Wolastoq (the beautiful & bountiful river ). We see this as a good place to begin the process of implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; which was strongly recommended by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  

Proposed Name Restoration: 
  • The name Saint John River back to it’s original indigenous name -  Wolastoq
Purpose: 
  • Wolastoq; (the beautiful river) is the original Indigenous name of the River.
  • Wolastoq is the name sake for the real identity and unique nationality of our People; the Wolastoqiyik.  Respecting the rights of Wolastoqiyik.
  • Scientific studies have now confirmed, what our people have always known; “that water has memory”.    This river will remember its original name.   
  • This deed would begin a process for reconciliation with a show of goodwill on the part of the Government of New Brunswick, and would;
  • Create opportunities for discussions and engagement around indigenous issues.
  • Wolastoqiyik have a right to retain their own names for communities, places and persons. 

The Wolastoq Grand Council is requesting support letters from our Allies; as individuals, organizations, and/or Groups.  For more information, contact Alma Brooks, 506-478-1256, almabrooks.26@outlook.com

Please send support letters to the following addresses:

The Wolastoq Grand Council,
Grand Chief; Ron Tremblay
50 Maliseet Drive
Fredericton, NB, E3A 2V9


David Coon
Office of the Green Party Leader
P.O. Box 6000
Fredericton, NB, E3B 5H1

Additional Information

  1. Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
Carolyn Bennett; Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada; has assured the Wolastoq Grand Council in writing that; - “Canada is committed to a renewed nation to nation relationship with indigenous peoples based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership.”   Carolyn Bennett also stated that ; - “Achieving full reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous people in Canada is at the heart of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada’s mandate, and that the government of “Canada will engage with Indigenous peoples, provinces, territories, and Canadians on how to implement the Declaration in accordance with Canada’s Constitution”.

  1. Andrea Bear-Nicholas
As described in a 2011 article by Andrea Bear-Nicholas, Maliseet historian:  
  1. The first step in the dispossession for the indigenous peoples in the Maritimes began in earnest immediately after the British capture of the French fort at Louisbourg in 1758.   Where place names and names of First Nations in the entire region had been inscribed on earlier maps; both would soon be erased by colonial cartographers in a process described by J. B. Harley as cartographic colonialism.  The justifications for these erasures was found in the doctrine of discovery.   
  2. The second step in the dispossession of indigenous peoples in Nova Scotia began immediately after signing of the Treaty of 1760 by Passamaquoddy and Maliseet Leaders, and later the signing of the Mascarene Treaty.   Although there was no surrender of any lands in either of these Treaties; 1.5 million acres of Maliseet land which outlawed the surveying and expropriation of lands not yet ceded by the indigenous inhabitants or purchased by the Crown.    


  3. United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples:   Articles 1, 2, 6, & 13   support and provide a guide for the implementation leading to reconciliation.

As a distinct ‘people,’ we have a right to our accurate identity and nationality.
  • Indigenous Peoples have the right to the full enjoyment as a collective or as individuals of all human rights and fundamental freedoms as recognized in the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and international human rights law. 
  • Indigenous peoples and individuals are free and equal to all other peoples and individuals and have the right to be free from any kind of discrimination, in the exercise of their rights, in particular that based on their indigenous origin and identity. 
  • Every indigenous individual has the right to their own nationality. 
  • Indigenous people have a right to retain their own names for communities, places and persons.  “States shall take effective measures to ensure that this right is protected”.
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