MANDATES

The Board of Directors of the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI (the Confederacy) has granted the organization the following mandates:

Tribal Council:

The Confederacy is a tribal council that provides advisory services to member First Nations Councils in five key areas: band governance; community planning; financial; economic development; and technical services.

Provincial Territorial Organization (PTO):

The Confederacy serves as a provincial forum for the Lennox Island and Abegweit First Nations on political and policy issues.

Shared Programs and Services:

The Confederacy delivers shared programs and services on behalf of the Lennox Island and Abegweit First Nations, as well as programs and services to the broader Indigenous community on PEI.

Programs and Services

  • Aboriginal Sports Circle

    The PEI Aboriginal Sports Circle supports grassroots participation in sport for Aboriginals in PEI. We recognize that active engagement in sport opportunities helps build healthier communities and individuals. The Aboriginal Sports Circle includes representatives from Lennox Island and Abegweit First Nations, and the PEI Native Council, and helps young Aboriginal Islanders participate in local, regional and national sporting events, such as sports camps and training, tournaments and coaching.

    To learn more, contact: Aboriginal Sports Circle Manager, Lynn Anne Hogan at lahogan@mcpei.ca or 902-438-2108

    Program team: Contact information

     PEI Aboriginal Sports Circle       Michael Thomas Race Day

     Mi’kmaq Confederacy Charity Golf Tournament

  • Child and Family Services


    The Child and Family Services Program consists of two components: the Mi’kmaq Family PRIDE Program and the Designated Band Representative. The Mi’kmaq Family PRIDE Program is a family support and prevention program offered to children, youth and families who live on reserve. The Designated Band Representative is a role defined within the PEI Child Protection Act and supported by a Joint Working Protocol between the PEI Department of Child and Family Services and the Confederacy. Our vision is to provide a holistic and culturally sensitive approach to individual, family and community wellness, and risk reduction through prevention services and protection support.

    To learn more, contact: Director of Child and Family Services, Marilyn Birch, RSW at mbirch@mcpei.ca or (902) 438-2109.

    Program team: Contact information

  • Economic Development

    The Confederacy provides advisory support to the Lennox Island and Abegweit First Nations and their economic development programs.

  • Education

    The Education Program supports the Lennox Island and Abegweit First Nations and students under their care. Support is provided to address identified needs; providing advice and/or advocacy; and developing partnerships with educational stakeholders to ensure Mi’kmaq learners receive quality education and support services where needed. The Director of Education is responsible for overseeing all education programs of the Confederacy and advancing partnerships and initiatives between it and educational stakeholders. An Early Childhood initiative implements programs and oversees recommended services for pre-school aged children to prepare them for elementary school. Our Transitions Coordinator supports successful transitions of Mi’kmaq learners.The First Nation Student Success Program supports students and staff of First Nation schools through assessments of Mi’kmaq learners to support academic needs; development of School Success Plans; and providing support to Band operated school staff and students in literacy, numeracy and administration.

    To learn more, contact: Director of Education, Allan Gillis at agillis@mcpei.ca or call (902) 438-2107.

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  • Employment Services

    The Employment Services program provides and administers employment-based programs and services to all Aboriginal people living on PEI including Status and non-Status First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples living on and off reserve across the entire province. As a client-focused program, emphasis is on providing the supports clients need to return to work, and or training. We partner with key players including: valuable employers, training institutions and government departments, to develop and roll out meaningful initiatives that are interesting, age related and support hands-on career exploration experiences, job opportunities, education and training choices. Services are delivered in both urban and rural locations. Service sites are on Lennox Island and Abegweit First Nations, Charlottetown, and Summerside.

    To learn more, contact: Director of Employment Services, Sherri Barrett at sbarrett@mcpei.ca, or (902) 626-3209

    Program teamContact Information

     Facebook: MCPEI Employment Services    Twitter: MCPEI Skills Partnership Fund

  • Health

    The Health program manages a wide range of programs and services designed to support the health and wellbeing of Lennox Island and Abegweit First Nation members living on-reserve, including: Health Policy; Jordan’s Principle program; Indian Residential School program; and Health Promotion. The Health program manages a wide range of programs and services designed to support the health and wellbeing of Lennox Island and Abegweit First Nation members living on-reserve, including: Health Policy; Jordan’s Principle program; Indian Residential School program; and Health Promotion. To assure our work focuses on the true needs of PEI First Nation communities, we work closely with them to identify common health issues, concerns and priorities and the best ways to address them. Over the years, we have successfully helped them access more health services and supports; increase rights awareness; increase capacity to better manage their own unique health and safety concerns; and improve the overall members’ health. We also advocate for First Nation communities to ensure their voices are heard at the provincial, regional and national level.

    To learn more, contact: Director of Health, Roseanne Sark at rsark@mcpei.ca or (902) 438-2117.

    Program teamContact information

    Jordan’s Principle Facebook page.

  • Indigenous Justice Program

    The Indigenous Justice Program works to create an environment that allows Aboriginal people to self-administer justice by building a traditional justice system based on holistic community values.

    To learn more, contact: Director of Indigenous Justice, Lori St. Onge at lstonge@mcpei.ca, (902) 367-3681

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    MCPEI Indigenous Justice Program.

  • Integrated Resource Management

    The Integrated Resource Management (IRM) division is responsible for providing technical advice and assistance for all aspects of resources and resource management including environmental issues. This is reflected by the world view of the Mi’kmaq that views Mother Earth holistically, and that all things are interconnected. Accordingly, the scope of work includes: Marine Fisheries; Food Social and Ceremonial Fisheries (FSC); Watershed Management; Species at Risk; Aquaculture; Hunting; Trapping; Forestry; Non Timber Forest Products (NTFP); Crafts; Culturally Important Wildlife; Fresh Water Fishing; Agriculture; Land Management; Land Use; Duty to Consult (DTC); Drinking Water; Wastewater Management; Wind and Solar Energy; Oil and Gas exploration; Climate Change; and other Environmental Issues as they arise.

    To learn more, contact: Director of  Integrated Resource Management, Randy Angus at rangus@mcpei.ca, (902) 367-3660

    Program team: Contact Information

    @MCPEIIRM

  • Parks Canada-Mi'kmaq Confederacy Strategic Initiatives

    The Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI and Parks Canada regularly work together toward the accomplishment of their mutual goals. Among those goals are the active engagement of PEI First Nations in the management of the Prince Edward Island National Park and National Historic Sites; and the presentation of Mi’kmaq history and culture – at Parks Canada sites and beyond. Since 2005, the Mi’kmaq Confederacy and Parks Canada have co-funded and cooperatively managed a position dedicated to the accomplishment of their common objectives: the Manager, Strategic Initiatives, Mi’kmaq Confederacy – Parks Canada. The Manager plays an active role in all aspects of the Confederacy – Parks Canada relationship including promoting effective communication on consultation or engagement issues and developing and managing, for the partners, projects which aim to achieve their mutual goals in a variety of areas.

    To learn more, contact: Manager, Strategic Initiatives, Mi’kmaq Confederacy-Parks Canada, Jesse Francis at jfrancis@mcpei.ca or (902) 438-2105.

Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI VISION STATEMENT

PEI Mi’kmaq are self-determined and self-sufficient; and the Mi’kmaq community is understood, prosperous, safe and culturally vibrant.

News

Statement to the Community

Statement to the Community From the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI There have been unfortunate and inaccurate statements made on social media recently with regard to the building formerly utilized by the MCPEI Child and Family Services Program and PRIDE in Scotchfort, which must be corrected for accuracy and to provide reassurance to community members. When […]

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P.E.I. moves to adopt Indigenous courtwork system

Stu NeatbyThe Guardian Published on July 8, 2020 CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — The P.E.I. government is working to implement a program that could help Indigenous Islanders better navigate the criminal justice system. The province’s most recent budget included a $100,000 allocation to work with the federal government to develop an Indigenous courtwork program. The program would see Indigenous individuals […]

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Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI Appoints Acting Executive Director

Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI Appoints Acting Executive Director On behalf of the Epekwitk Assembly of Councils, Chief Darlene Bernard and Chief Junior Gould announced the appointment of Lori St. Onge as the Acting Executive Director for the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI.  Ms. St. Onge will continue in her role as the Director of Indigenous Justice […]

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Events

Bill C-92: Lennox Island Information Sessions

  Come and learn about Canada’s new legislation concerning children and families. Information sessions on An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families (formerly Bill C-92) Click on poster for details.

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Event Planning – Conference Registrations

To Register for Upcoming Event Planning Conferences: Conference Registrations

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People

  • Chief Darlene Bernard Chief Darlene Bernard
    Board of Directors Co-Chair

    Chief Darlene Bernard

    Board of Directors Co-Chair

    Chief Darlene Bernard

    Chief Darlene Bernard was elected Chief of the Lennox Island First Nation on 08 June 2019.

  • Chief Junior Gould Chief Junior Gould
    Board of Directors Co-Chair

    Chief Junior Gould

    Board of Directors Co-Chair

    Chief Junior Gould

    Chief Junior Gould was elected Chief of the Abegweit First Nation on 14 June 2019.

  • Councillor Sheri Bernard Councillor Sheri Bernard
    Board of Directors

    Councillor Sheri Bernard

    Board of Directors

    Councillor Sheri Bernard
  • Councillor Chris Jadis Councillor Chris Jadis
    Board of Directors

    Councillor Chris Jadis

    Board of Directors

    Councillor Chris Jadis
  • Councillor Jacob Jadis Councillor Jacob Jadis
    Board of Directors

    Councillor Jacob Jadis

    Board of Directors

    Councillor Jacob Jadis
  • Councillor Madlene Sark Councillor Madlene Sark
    Board of Directors

    Councillor Madlene Sark

    Board of Directors

    Councillor Madlene Sark
  • Off-Reserve Councillor Wendell Labobe Off-Reserve Councillor Wendell Labobe
    Board of Directors

    Off-Reserve Councillor Wendell Labobe

    Board of Directors

    Off-Reserve Councillor Wendell Labobe
  • Councillor Richard Guimond Councillor Richard Guimond
    Board of Directors

    Councillor Richard Guimond

    Board of Directors

    Councillor Richard Guimond
  • Tabatha Bernard Tabatha Bernard
    Human Resource Advisor
    Executive Assistant

    Tabatha Bernard

    Human Resource Advisor
    Executive Assistant


    Tabatha Bernard

    Born and raised in Lennox Island PEI, Tabatha has experienced the change in First Nations’ communities that has brought opportunity as well as responsibility for program administration and management.

    Tabatha brings to the MCPEI an understanding of First Nations’ programs. She has over seven years experience in administration of First Nations’ employment and training programs for Lennox Island. Prior to joining the MCPEI, Tabatha worked as the Employment Director for the Lennox Island Band. While working for the Band, Tabatha was elected to the Lennox Island Band Council in 2001.

    Tabatha is a proud mother of four, grandmother of three beautiful grandchildren, and a dedicated professional. She has embraced the opportunity to work for all PEI Mi’kmaq as a Human Resource Advisor and Executive Assistant.

    Phone: 902-438-2102
    Email: tbernard@mcpei.ca
  • Marilyn Birch Marilyn Birch
    Director of Child and Family Services

    Marilyn Birch

    Director of Child and Family Services

    Marilyn Birch
    Marilyn Birch is the Director of Child and Family Services with the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI.  She holds degrees from the University of PEI and Memorial University.  Marilyn began her career in child protection on Vancouver Island, BC and has worked as a frontline worker and supervisor in the field of child welfare for over 30 years.  She has been the Director of Child and Family Services with the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI since 2007.  Marilyn is on the board of the First Nation Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, the Child Welfare League of Canada, and is a member of the National Advisory Committee on First Nation Child Welfare Reform.
    Phone: 902-438-2109
    Email: mbirch@mcpei.ca
  • Allan Gillis Allan Gillis
    Director of Education

    Allan Gillis

    Director of Education

    Allan Gillis

    Allan Gillis joined the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI in 2009 as the organization’s Director of Education.  Allan is a graduate of the University of Prince Edward Island and completed a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Teaching at Fordham University, New York City.

    Allan has considerable experience in the field of education. He taught for six years in New York City and upon his return to PEI, was employed as the Director of Education with the Lennox Island First Nation for fourteen years where he administered all areas of education within the First Nation.

    As the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of Prince Edward Island Director of Education, Allan works closely with the Abegweit and Lennox Island First Nation to address identified needs or in a capacity of providing advice and/or advocacy.  As well, the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI Education Program is mandated to develop partnerships with the PEI Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture, the PEI Department of Workforce and Advanced Learning, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, as well as other educational stakeholders to ensure Mi’kmaq learners receive a quality education and support services where needed.

    Allan has been a champion for Aboriginal education within Prince Edward Island and may be contacted at the Summerside office of the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI.

    Phone: 902-438-2107
    Email: agillis@mcpei.ca
  • Sherri Barrett Sherri Barrett
    Director of Employment Services

    Sherri Barrett

    Director of Employment Services

    Sherri Barrett

    Sherri has degrees in Psychology, Human Resources and Human Services, training in Reality Therapy, and has many years of group and family facilitation. Sherri is a certified trainer in Life Skills Training, a facilitator for Developing Capable People with experience in cross cultural training. and TRE provider

    Sherri has spent much of her professional and personal life assisting individuals overcome barriers and to realize their full potential.

    Her strong belief in life-long learning has been developed through over 25 years in the field of human services/social development. She has worked with many individuals from varied backgrounds and life experiences including individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities.

    Sherri joined the Mi’kmaq Confederacy in 2005 and is the Director of Employment Services.

    Using a holistic and motivational approach Sherri promotes building self esteem, inspiration, encouragement and the celebration of accomplishment.

    Phone: 902-626-3209
    Email: sbarrett@mcpei.ca
  • Irene Gallant Irene Gallant
    Director of Finance

    Irene Gallant

    Director of Finance

    Irene Gallant

    Irene Gallant is the Director of Finance for the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI.  She joined the Mi’kmaq Confederacy team in August 2002.  Irene has 25 years in the Accounting and Office Management Field and is a member of the Aboriginal Finance Officers Association of Atlantic Canada.  She resides in Summerside, Prince Edward Island.

    Phone: 902-438-2106
    Email: igallant@mcpei.ca
  • Roseanne Sark Roseanne Sark
    Director of Health

    Roseanne Sark

    Director of Health

    Roseanne Sark

    Roseanne Sark, positioned as Director of Health at Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI, serves in areas of policy, program development and health promotion. She is also a Certified First Nation Health Manager from the National First Nations Health Managers Association(FNHMA). Roseanne has a Bachelor’s degree from Carleton University, and is certified in Reality Therapy and Conflict Resolution, and is an Indigenous Justice Circle Keeper. In her capacity, she gladly serves the interest of PEI First Nations as co-chair of the Health Policy Planning Forum, which is the Health Tripartite here in PEI.

    Phone: 902-438-2117
    Email: rsark@mcpei.ca
  • Lori St. Onge Lori St. Onge
    Acting Executive Director / Director of Indigenous Justice

    Lori St. Onge

    Acting Executive Director / Director of Indigenous Justice

    Lori St. Onge

    Lori St. Onge has been the Director of Indigenous Justice for the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI since 2007.  She graduated from the University of PEI with a Masters in Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma in Public Administration. She also holds a certificate in Human Resource Management, Conflict Resolution and Circle Keeping. Lori is also a trained Gladue writer.

    Lori is an advocate for restorative justice. A process which focuses on the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with victims and the community.  She is a proud Mi’kmaq woman and a member of the Lennox Island First Nation Band.

    Lori sits on numerous committees and boards including the RCMP Commissioner National Aboriginal Advisory Committee. She has been a mentor for the In.Business Program, a mentorship program for Indigenous youth, since 2015. She was appointed to the PEI Human Rights Commission in 2017. Lori was the recipient of the Joan Taavon Award, an international award for her commitment to missing and exploited children.

    Phone: 902-367-3681
    Email: lstonge@mcpei.ca
  • Randy Angus Randy Angus
    Director of Integrated Resource Management

    Randy Angus

    Director of Integrated Resource Management

    Randy Angus

    Randy has over 40 years experience in the Maritimes fishery and aquaculture industry. He has extensive experience in working with both the public and private sectors in resource management, and has a diverse background that covers a variety of species and organizations. He has worked in the administration of research and hatchery facilities, and has over 6 years of experience in Community development, 7 years climate change research, and sustainable development projects.

    He has experience in planning, negotiating, and financing multi-partner projects. He also has experience in regional development projects, and negotiations with all levels of government.

    A firm believer in life long learning, Randy looks forward to new opportunities and activities. He enjoys contributing to the Confederacy team in the protection, enhancement and strengthening of the Mi’kmaq Nation in Prince Edward Island.

    Phone: 902-367-3660
    Email: rangus@mcpei.ca
  • Jesse Francis Jesse Francis
    Manager, Strategic Initiatives, Mi'kmaq Confederacy-Parks Canada

    Jesse Francis

    Manager, Strategic Initiatives, Mi'kmaq Confederacy-Parks Canada

    Jesse Francis

    Jesse Francis began working for Parks Canada in 1994. In 2001, he started what would become a five-year secondment with Lennox Island First Nation, working for the community in the development of cultural and eco-tourism.

    Since 2005, Jesse has worked in a role which is a partnership between the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI and Parks Canada- one of the key ways by which the groups work together toward the accomplishment of their shared goals.

    Jesse works in many aspects of the PEI First Nations – Parks Canada relationship and has managed a wide variety of culture and heritage projects.  He led the development of the travelling exhibition called Ni’n na L’nu: The Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island, and co-authored, along with John Johnston, the award-winning book of the same name.  Since 2017, he has been part of work by both the Mi’kmaq Confederacy and Parks Canada to revitalize the presentation of history, especially Mi’kmaq history, at Skmaqn – Port-la-Joye – Fort Amherst.

    Jesse lives in Wellington, Prince Edward Island with his wife Moira and their three children.

    Phone: 902-438-2105
    Email: jfrancis@mcpei.ca

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Contact Us

Email: communications@mcpei.ca Toll-free: 1-877-884-0808

Mi’kmaq Confederacy Summerside Offices 200 Read Drive Summerside, PE C1N 5N7 Tel: (902) 436-5101 Fax (902) 436-5655
Mi’kmaq Confederacy Charlottetown Offices PolyClinic,Suite 501 199 Grafton Street Charlottetown, PE C1A 1L2 Tel: (902) 626-2882 Fax: (902) 367-3779