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The Mi'kmaq Confederacy of Prince Edward Island (MCPEI) is a not-for-profit tribal council and provincial territorial organization representing the Lennox Island and Abegweit First Nations.

MCPEI works with both First Nations in defining what their priorities and areas of interest are and then establishes programs and services in support of those areas. Both First Nations have identified economic development as a key priority, which they hope will allow them to progress over time.

Transcript: Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI

Sandra Gaudet- Executive Director- Mi'kmaq Confederacy of Prince Edward Island

MCPEI is the Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI. It's a not-for-profit tribal council and provincial territorial organization … it represents Lennox Island First Nation and Abegweit First Nation.

In the nine years since its inception MCPEI has worked with and for both First Nations in defining what the priorities are and what the areas of interest are…

…and then established programs and services in support of those areas.

Economic development is a key in terms of what we're doing in MCPEI and is expected to be the driver that provides the resources to help both First Nations to progress over time.

Chief Brian Francis - Chief Abegweit First Nation

In Abegweit First Nation we have roughly 330 band members, of which 250 live on reserve, roughly 80 off reserve.

One economic development opportunity that we've just completed is the expansion of our gas bar…we've doubled it in size…we brought in new product line… and also we added a high speed diesel pump…and we are currently the number one selling Ultramar on PEI.

We have our commercial fishery and we employ all community members within our snow crab, lobster, tuna, mackerel, herring areas…so we have a vibrant fishery and we're expanding on it all the time.

Danny Sark - Economic Development Officer - Abegweit First Nation

Some of the economic development activities that are currently on the go at Abegweit First Nation are the Mawi- Omi building, we rent that out…the blueberry fields…we sell blueberries… and Redstone Auto and Marine.

Economic development is helping the community by supplying good paying jobs and also a secure financial future for our members.

Chief Darlene Bernard- Chief Lennox Island First Nation

Lennox Island is located off the north shore of Prince Edward Island…our population is 800, but our on reserve population is around 450 people.

Because we're small we've had to become multi-functional…so we were able to, because we joined together, access larger programming and things like that that we couldn't do individually,

The biggest priority right now for Lennox Island is to get Minigoo Fisheries up and running, because that's extremely important to the community and it's important to Prince Edward Island.

We have our commercial fisheries; we have 28 boats, so that in itself has created a lot of employment in the community.

What we're trying to do here is to help people to be independent, not only independent from the federal and provincial governments, but independent from the band government … people need to have employment.

Sandra Gaudet- Executive Director- Mi'kmaq Confederacy of Prince Edward Island

The relationship between MCPEI, Abegweit First Nation and Lennox Island First Nation is wonderful!

Chief Darlene Bernard- Chief Lennox Island First Nation

We started to see that we were missing a lot of opportunities because we weren't working together and by working together we have a stronger voice.

Chief Brian Francis - Chief Abegweit First Nation

Our relationship with Lennox Island is second to none and we get along just great… and if there is any chance that we can partner with them, we take that opportunity because we are all in it together… we're all one…we're all Mi'kmaq…this is our home and we work together.

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