Experiencing so much trauma affects employees of community organizations. Being a member of a partnership helps to share and support each other. Creating organizations of communities of care communicate regularly to brainstorm and share solutions, plan joint programs for vulnerable clients, and rely on each other. Copies of this guide will be distributed to each of Nova Scotia`s 13 Mi`kmaq communities, the Nova Scotia Native Women`s Association, the Union of Nova Scotia Indians, the Confederacy of Mainland Mi`kmaq and the Mi`kmaw Native Friendship Center. A web-based version of the guide will also be available on the Tripartite Forum website. In order to reach a wider audience and stimulate discussion, a social media communication plan was created for the guide. This project will use Twitter and Facebook as a means of disseminating information via social networks. Provides legal and support services to Aboriginal victims through programs such as the Mi`kmaq Courtwork Program and the Mi`kmaq Customary Law Program. “Many of my clients don`t have their children with them – they are taken away. So it`s not really a joyful moment, you know? It`s really heartbreaking. The risk of violence and abuse also does not disappear due to the holidays, as some clients are at high risk of violence and need additional support. If you are concerned that someone you know may be abused, please call or text 1-855-225-0220, toll-free and open 24/7, for secure and confidential information on how best to help. The CMM`s Legal Counsel also works on special projects led by the CMM Board of Directors. Special projects generally focus on public service educational materials that help the Mi`kmaq understand their rights and obligations under the law. The list of special projects that have been completed is given below. In the fall of 2015, the mainland Mi`kmaq Confederacy held public information sessions in five First Nations communities and with First Nations lawyers and law students. Please click on the link below to view the PowerPoint presentation and training session materials. Please note that the information contained in the links is for educational and informational purposes and does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon in this regard. Cannabis has been legal in Canada since October 17, 2018. The CMM hosted a four-day workshop in October 2018 that provided facts and information on the legalization of cannabis and addressed concerns about its legalization and potential increased use in the workplace. To help you, CMM has helped redefine HR policies by creating the following templates for tape usage: Please note that the information contained in the links is for educational and informational purposes and does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon in this regard. The MLSN, in collaboration with the Mi`kmaw Native Friendship Centre, the Association of Black Social Workers and the Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia, is a partner in Creating Communities of Care, a government-funded project launched in 2018 to support African women in Nova Scotia and Indigenous women experiencing violence in the City of Halifax. Victim assistance assists victims/survivors throughout the justice process, including assistance with court preparation and victim testimony. MLSN continues to support customers as best they can through regular phone calls and virtual and remote programming. But many of the networking activities and inter-agency programs they relied on had to be modified or stopped. “The worst thing is when I have to call clients to tell them that the court has been delayed. This is the worst,” notes an MLSN employee. Life in constant confrontation with judgment, which has become even longer, longer and more complicated, creates deep misery and suffering. “That`s the hardest part. They have no control over their life on the farm. Mi`kmaq territory extends across the Maritime provinces and into New England. Although the Canada-U.S. border has divided our country, many Mi`kmaq continue to travel, live and work in the United States of America. Each year during the growing season, the Mi`kmaq migrate from all over Nova Scotia to the United States to help harvest blueberries and other crops. The challenges facing these organizations and their customers are significant and have only intensified under the conditions imposed in response to the COVID pandemic. Special thanks to our generous donors who make the publication of the Nova Scotia Advocate possible. First Nation governments consist of a Chief and Councillors who are responsible for making decisions on behalf of the First Nation and its members. A new election option, the First Nations Elections Act, came into force on April 2, 2015. As a result, First Nations can now hold elections in four different ways. Bands can enact their own matrimonial property laws at any time, allowing them to escape the application of the federal Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act. Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) maintains a list of legislation passed by the band on the following website: www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1408981855429/1408981949311. The Federal Family Homes on Reserves and Conjugal Interests or Rights Act is available online at laws.justice.gc.ca/eng/. Overall, the guide is intended to increase awareness of our rights in the United States under the Jay Treaty and to increase opportunities for the Mi`kmaq of Nova Scotia to easily and effectively access employment in the United States. Another challenge is that many non-Mi`kmaq Indigenous peoples, such as Inuit and Cree, live in urban Halifax. “They`re not even sure we`re serving them. After all, we are called the Mi`kmaw Legal Support Network. So I have to assure them that no, we serve all Indigenous peoples, despite our name. Please get in touch! We`re sorry, but the email address you provided is not registered for this announcement. The Confederacy of Mainland Mi`kmaq (CMM) aims to introduce new educational resources on matrimonial real property (MRP) in the First Nations communities of Bear River, Millbrook, Paqtnkek, Pictou Landing and Sipekne`katik. Over the years, a number of questions have been raised regarding border crossing rights, obligations and requirements. In response to the needs of Mi`kmaq travellers and workers, the Social Work Committee of the Tripartite Forum, through the Mi`kmaq Confederacy of the Continent, produced an easy-to-read guide, Traveling, Working and Living in the United States of America: A Guide to Nova Scotia Mi`kmaq. Travel, Work and Live in the United States of America: A Guide to Nova Scotia Mi`kmaq MLSN offers services throughout our province. But they are well aware that Nova Scotia`s urban and rural landscape is different. “Funding varies – so it`s difficult to ensure that clients in urban and rural areas are treated fairly. And then our colleagues in rural communities know everyone, they can reach people. But here in Halifax, people do not want to identify as Aboriginal. There is still so much prejudice and stigma. This email provides instructions on how to update your listing. It`s official and they`re still going back to the actual date, but Eskasoni will have the first domestic violence court to sit in a Read More → Does this list require changes? Let us know and we`ll update it! First Nations communities associated with the Continental Mi`kmaq Confederacy are subject to the following matrimonial property laws: KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) – We all know that Christmas can be a very difficult time. At the Mi`kmaw Legal Support Network (MLSN), a community-based organization that advocates for fair and equitable services to Indigenous peoples who come into contact with the criminal justice system, this ordeal is experienced every day. Tripartite Forum Holds Public Forums in Mi`kmaq Nazi Communities The late Donald Marshall Jr. was wrongly convicted of murder in 1971 and spent 11 years Read More → As a Mi`kmaq citizen, are you concerned about justice? Please join the Tripartite Forum Justice Committee and the Mi`kmaw Legal Support Network to share your experiences. Read more → This letter was prepared with the support of the Transition House Association of Nova Scotia, a knowledge mobilization partner for the Creating Communities of Care project. More information on this project can be found at: Creating Communities of Care. “Their daily life is a struggle, and now they are supposed to be happy and joyful because it`s Christmas” Since December 16, 2014, the Matrimonial Real Estate Act (MRP) has been regulated in two ways. With the help of our Mi`kmaq Indian Registration Administrators (Member Clerks), we have created a general and simple guide to rules, documents and practices related to crossing the border, finding a job in the United States and accessing government benefits.