Can P3 models help First Nations water crisis?

By Joseph Quesnel, AIMS Fellow In September, First Nations in the Maritimes made headlines for delivering clean water to Potlotek First Nation, a Cape Breton Míkmaq community experiencing a water crisis. Eskasoni First Nation alone delivered 20,000 litres, a commendable act of generosity and solidarity. Water quality is an ongoing problem for First Nations across…

Commodity conditions push equalization into uncharted territory

Historical price of oil (WTI) 2007-Present. Source: Marcotrends.net By Marco Navarro-Génie, President and CEO The notion of fairness among Canadians and our beliefs to help one another are going to be tested in the months ahead when some of the implications of the collapse in commodity prices become known. This collapse will have enormous effects…

Nova Scotia’s First Nations need to balance environment and economy

(photo source: Joanne Dussault) By Joseph Quesnel, AIMS Fellow This past Monday, First Nations in Nova Scotia celebrated the 30th annual Treaty Day celebration. Mi’kmaq chiefs promoted the ideas of reconciliation between the provincial government and Indigenous communities. In particular, progress was noted on the education file where Mi’kmaq culture and history were better integrated…