Glooscap First Nation

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Glooscap First Nation is located in Nova Scotia
Glooscap First Nation
Glooscap First Nation in Nova Scotia

Glooscap First Nation is a Canadian Mi'kmaq aboriginal community in Kings County, Nova Scotia. Known as Pesikitk', its reserve is located approximately 6.4 kilometres (4.0 mi) from the Town of Hantsport. Created in 1907 as Horton 35, the reserve encompasses some 171.1 hectares (423 acres) of rolling, mainly forested land. Forest management is practiced by the band.[1] There is a variety store, gas bar, cafe, pawn shop and a small gaming centre. There is also a health centre, youth centre and chapel.[2] The 2013 population was 344 people of whom approximately 75 lived on the reserve.[3]

Health centre and chapel, Glooscap First Nation
Reserves

Governance[edit]

Since 2004, the Band and the Town of Hantsport have had a shared water supply.[4]

The Chief and Council in 2013 consists of:

• Chief Sidney Peters

• Councilor Jean Labrador-Powers

• Councilor Kristan Halliday

• Councilor Larry Peters

Director of Administration is Amanda Peters [5]

Controversy[edit]

In 2010 controversy erupted in the news media and on the reserve when it was revealed that band councillors of the tiny community each earn between $210,000 and $260,000 a year and one councillor earns almost a million dollars a year, including band contracts. Shirley Clarke, Chief of the reserve, defended the council's high salaries saying they work hard and their responsibilities are vast.[6] Some native organizations have defended the salaries saying they include legitimate expenses.[7]

The manager for many of the First Nation's owned enterprises was accused and charged of stealing over $150,000 by the police. She has been accused pilfering from the Glooscap Variety Store, Gas Bar and Gaming Room over the past year. She was released by the new Glooscap government in 2013.[8]

New Band Council[edit]

In 2012 the Glooscap First Nation held an election. A new Chief and Council was elected lead again by the Peters family. Sidney Peters, the brother of former Glooscap FN Chief Shirley Clarke, was elected Chief with 55% of the vote in an election that nearly 80% of the membership voted. He is a fifth generation Chief within the Peters family.[9]

They are beginning to implement some new policies and with the election removed some corrupt officials from their offices. They also created a new economic development corporation to provide more transparency and improve the sustainability of the community. i[10]

Glooscap First Nation Economic Development Corporation Limited[edit]

In 2014, the band will form a new, independently run corporation that will have the responsibility of improving the economy and sustainability of Glooscap First Nation. The focus will on building partnerships with neighboring municipalities, businesses and organizations in order to benefit the entire region. The Board of Directors include some high profile and up-and-coming businesspeople.[11] Board of Directors:

• Chief Sidney Peters (Glooscap First Nation)

• Councilor Larry Peters (Glooscap First Nation)

• Don Bureaux (Nova Scotia Community College)

• Richard Fuchs (Futureworks Consulting)

• Louis Coutinho (Town of Windsor)

• Jeffrey Barrett (Desjardins Financial)

• Michael Peters (Mi'kmaq Beverages)

• Rob Frost (Town of Hantsport)

[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mi'kmaq Resource Centre (UCCB), Mi'kmaw Bands in Nova Scotia
  2. ^ Aboriginal Canada Portal, Connectivity Survey
  3. ^ Glooscap First Nation, History
  4. ^ Province of Nova Scotia, "Glooscap and Hantsport Co-operate on Water Project", News release, September 16, 2004
  5. ^ Glooscap First Nation, Chief&Council
  6. ^ Oliver Moore, "Leader of Tiny Reserve Says She Works Hard for $243,000 pay", Globe and Mail Dec. 2, 2010
  7. ^ Media Indigena,"First Nations reject inaccurate, negative publicity over salaries", News release, November 23, 2010
  8. ^ CBC News, "Glooscap First Nations manager accused of stealing $150K", news release, July 24, 2013
  9. ^ CBC, "Glooscap First Nation elects new chief", New release, February 26, 2012
  10. ^ The Hants Journal, "Glooscap First Nation establishing economic development corporation", News release, December 5, 2013
  11. ^ The Hants Journal, "Glooscap First Nation establishing economic development corporation", News release, December 5, 2013
  12. ^ The Hants Journal, "Glooscap First Nation establishing economic development corporation", News release, December 5, 2013

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 45°02′25″N 64°13′44″W / 45.040223°N 64.228996°W / 45.040223; -64.228996