Well folks, it was quite a busy year in Membertou. There were a lot of announcements and firsts again for the community. We here at Destination Membertou are starting an annual year in review to show what has happened around the community to share with the world.
1. As the birthplace and home of Donald Marshall Jr., Membertou was asked to host the Tripartitie Marshall Symposium in the community as it was the 25th anniversary of Donald Marshall decision by the Supreme Court of Canada. The forum was held at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre.
1. This month saw the inaugural first steel cuts made for the Membertou Sport and Wellness Centre at the East Coast Metal Fabrication. The Membertou Sport and Wellness Centre is scheduled to be opened later in 2016.
*Chief Terry cutting the first piece of steel for the new Membertou Sport and Wellness Centre
2. Membertou’s annual community banquet was also held at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre. This is a time for the community to gather and feast together. It is also a time where Membertou Chief and Council gives out The Bradley Christmas Memorial Citizen of the Year Award, The Grand Chief Membertou Lifetime Achievement Award, The Edward Kabatay Cultural and Language Award and The Paul Gould Sportspersons of the Year Awards.
* Last year’s community banquet award recipients
1. Efficeny Nova Scotia recognizes Maupeltuewey Kina’manto’kuom as being one of the most green and energy efficent schools in Canada. Another first for Membertou!
2. It was also the time of the 42nd Annual Wally Bernard Memorial Youth Hockey Tournament, the second longest Native youth hockey tournament in Canada.
1. Membertou Boxing Club hosted a sell-out crowd at ‘Toe to Toe in MB2’ which made history as one of the best sporting events in Cape Breton. Membertou community members, Jenna and Aaron were documented on a TSN Original: A Fighting Chance.
* Our very own, Paul Bradley Gould, Jenna Bernard and Aaron Francis
2. Maupeltuewey Kina’matno’kuom was the proud recipient of Gold Award in the First Nations Division for the annual WOW Reading Challenge – a partnership between schools, community police and public libraries. Created to encourage kids to read regularly by introducing a between schools for trophies, prizes and an award ceremony.
3. Membertou also opened it’s very own TransCanada Highway exit 7A. This allows for Membertou to further open it’s doors to the world.
4. Membertou Governance also held its annual Wikipaltimk (Spring Gathering) at the Maulpeltuewey Kina’matno’kuom. This Spring gathering is welcome for all to enjoy to dance, feast and socialize.
1. Membertou was proud to be announced as the ‘Prime Ribber’ sponsor for the first Sydney Rib Fest in support of Hospice Cape Bretonheld in July.
2. This month, Membertou hosted a few prominent conferences like the National Aboriginal Physical Activity Conference and the Governor General Canadian Leadership Conference (pictured below)
1. We once again held our annual National Aboriginal Day celebration (June 21st) at the Membertou Heritage Park. The celebration attracted visitors from around the city, province and the world.
2. We also hosted delegates from the Memski Business Forum and hosted a luncheon for the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s final findings.
3. We also hosted our annual banquet honoring our graduates and students from all levels of education. Our way of thanking the students for the hard work throughout the year.
1. Membertou was proud to sponsor the Cape Breton Bike Rally for another year. Many of the events were held around the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre and the Heritage Park.
2. On July 22, The Greenlink Trail was officially opened in Membertou. A partnership between Membertou and Cape Breton Regional Municipality encourgaging active living within the area.
3. Membertou was also happy to be the ‘prime ribber’ for the first ever Sydney Rib Fest, which will be come an annual event due to the enormous success. Massive crowds came to Joan Hariss Pavillion to feast on the variety of delicious ribs. The weekend long event was a succulent success!
4. Membertou also held it’s annual mass celebrating our patron Saint Anne on July 26th at Membertou’s church.
5. Membertou’s Human Resources Department held it’s annual staff appreciation BBQ for our employees and their families. The cook out was well recieved by the staff, enjoying a nice summer afternoon outside filled with food, laughter and games for the kids.
1. Membertou was pleased to be the presenting sponsor for the Cape Breton Pride Week celebrations held throughout Sydney and Membertou.
2. This month also saw Destination Membertou be a gold level sponsor for the annual Sydney Action Week. We also were proud to host Action Week Mini-Olympics for the youth.
3. Membertou Human Resources also hosted it’s annual employee boat cruise around the Bras d’Or lakes.
1. The community hosted it’s 13th annual Mawiomi on the Membertou powwow grounds, attracting hundreds from around the world. We also saw the Netflix series: Degrassi star Nakuset Gould visit her community.
*Traditional jingle dancers enjoying the drum.
* Netflix series: Degrassi star and Membertou’s own Nakuset Gould speaking with some of the youth at the Mawiomi.
2. Membertou also hosted its first Y Day for families and youth, in partnership with the YMCA
3. On a warm sunny September day, A few Membertou staff helped to celebrate Cape Breton University’s Alumni Day.
4. September also saw Membertou as title sponsor for the Cape Breton Celtic Classic, part of the PGA Tour held at the Lakes Golf Course at Ben Eion, for a 3rd year in a row. All the players had a ‘driving’ ambition to win the Classic.
1. Membertou also hosted it’s annual Treaty Day Celebrations on October 1st. The weather was a little soggy that day so we decided to hold the celebrations indoors. We also introduced our newly elected Youth Chief and Council.
2. Membertou was proud to be the first Aboriginal community in Canada to earn its Financial Management Systems certification from the First Nations Financial Management Board. Another first for Membertou!
* Chief Terry accepting the certification on behalf of Membertou.
3. This month also saw our Chief Terry the recipient of the Lifetime Achievenment Award from CBU Alumni Association. We are all proud of the Chief’s achievement.
4. Membertou was also proud to be a sponsor of the 2015 Celtic Colours International Festival
1. This month, Membertou and the YMCA Canada signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to build a branch within the future Membertou Sport and Wellness Centre. Further supporting Membertou’s committment to physical activity, sport and well being.
2. Membertou announces that it will be the new host of the Cape Breton Bike Rally.
3. Maupeltuewey Kina’matno’kuom School was chosen as one of five schools throughout Canada to ‘Google Hang out’ with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau through a live video conference on the Prime Minister’s first day in office. Way to go kids!
*Junior Chief Alexis Christmas chatting with Prime Minister Trudeau.
1. Membertou was pleased to announce the purchase of the Medical Arts building. The area was the site of Membertou’s traditional lands before being moved to our current location. Not only were we proud to be able to buy it back, but happy to be reinvesting back into Sydney. Membertou was also pleased to announce the purchase of the The Health Park, which is connected to the Cape Breton Regional Hospital. Again reinvesting back into the city!
*The Membertou Medical Arts building.
* The Health Park.
2. Membertou played host to 150 Mi’kmaw youth at the Unamak’i Youth Social. A alcohol and drug free dinner and dance held at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre open to all youth of the five Unamak’i communities around Cape Breton Island.