Mi’kmaw Bands in New Brunswick

Elsipogtog | Buctouche Esgenoopetitj | Eel Ground | Eel River Bar | Fort Folly | Indian Island | Metepenagiag Pabineau

Big Cove – Elsipogtog – New Brunswick

Big Cove is composed of Richibucto reserve, 1,667.3 hectares in size, located 8 km. southwest of Rexton, New Brunswick. It was established September 9, 1805.

As of June 2019 the total population was 3417:

  • Registered Males on Own Reserve – 1330
  • Registered Females on Own Reserve – 1293
  • Registered Males on Other Reserves – 28
  • Registered Females on Other Reserves – 16
  • Registered Males Living Off-Reserve – 337
  • Registered Females Living Off-Reserve – 413

 

According to the Community Well Being Index,* Big Cove scored 66 out of a possible 100 based on figures derived from the 2001 Census:

  • Highest New Brunswick Community Score – 93
  • New Brunswick Non-Native Average Score – 79
  • New Brunswick First Nation Average Score – 70
  • Lowest New Brunswick Community Score – 57

From February 12, 2018 – March 11, 2022, the chief of the reserve is Arren Sock. The band councillors are: Barry Augustine Jonathan Augustine Stephen Augustine Cameron Francis Joseph Francis Lana Francis Robert Francisr Dean Levi Mary Levi Joseph Milliea Jonathan Sock Peter Sock

Contact:

Council of Big Cove 373 Big Cove Road Big Cove, New Brunswick E4W 2S3 Telephone 506-523-8200 Fax 506-523-8230

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Buctouche Micmac – Puktusk – New Brunswick

Buctouche is composed 62.3 hectares located 3.2 km. southwest of Buctouche, New Brunswick. It was established November 1, 1810.

As of June 2019 the total population was 125.

  • Registered Males on Own Reserve – 51
  • Registered Females on Own Reserve – 31
  • Registered Males on Other Reserves – 0
  • Registered Females on Other Reserves – 1
  • Registered Males Living Off-Reserve – 19
  • Registered Females Living Off-Reserve – 23

The chief of the reserve from March 29, 2016 – April 1, 2021 is Ann Mary (Steele) Simon. The band councillors are: Brenton Le Blanc Mathew Sanipass

Contact:

Council of Buctouche Mi’kmaq Band 9 Reserve Road Buctouche, New Brunswick E4S 4G2 Telephone 506-743-2520 Fax 506-743-2523 Visit the Buctuche web site.

 

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Esgenoopetitj  – Eskinuopitijk – New Brunswick

Esgenoopetitj is composed of Burnt Church #14, Tabusintac, and Pokemouche reserves.

  • Burnt Church #14 is 985.4 hectares in size, 32 km. northeast of Chatham, and was established prior to 1867.
  • Tabusintac #9 is 3,268.7 hectares, located 40 km. northeast of Chatham, and was established February 2, 1802.
  • Pokemouche #13 is 151.4 hectares, located 64 km. east of Bathurst, and it, too, was established prior to 1867.

As of June 2019 the total population was 1925:

  • Registered Males on Own Reserve – 667
  • Registered Females on Own Reserve – 662
  • Registered Males on Other Reserves – 17
  • Registered Females on Other Reserves – 27
  • Registered Males Living Off-Reserve – 252
  • Registered Females Living Off-Reserve – 300

According to the Community Well Being Index,* Esgenoopetitj scored 57 out of a possible 100 based on figures derived from the 2001 Census:

  • Highest New Brunswick Community Score – 93
  • New Brunswick Non-Native Average Score – 79
  • New Brunswick First Nation Average Score – 70
  • Lowest New Brunswick Community Score – 57

From June 12, 2018 – June 11, 2022, the chief of the reserve is Alvery Paul. The band councillors are: Jason Barnaby Christopher Bonnell Carrie Dedam Clark Dedam Derek Dedam Irene Dedam Deanna Joe Helen Joe Candeda Paul Lorna Paul Mary Richardson Carla Ward

 

Contact:

Council of Esgenoopetitj 621 Bayview Drive Burnt Church, New Brunswick E9G 2A8 Telephone 506-776-1200 Fax 506-776-1215

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Eel Ground – Natuaqanek – New Brunswick

Eel Ground is composed of Eel Ground #2, Big Hole Tract, and the south half of Renous.

  • Eel Ground #2 is 1,072.8 hectares, located 4.8 km. west of Newcastle, New Brunswick, and was established in 1783.
  • Big Hole Tract #8 is 1,740.2 hectares located 20.8 km. west of Newcastle, and it, too, was established in 1783.
  • The south half of Renous #12 is 10 hectares, 27.2 km. west of Newcastle, and was established in 1783.

As of June 2019 the total population was 1074:

  • Registered Males on Own Reserve – 289
  • Registered Females on Own Reserve – 297
  • Registered Males on Other Reserves – 8
  • Registered Females on Other Reserves – 7
  • Registered Males Living Off-Reserve – 234
  • Registered Females Living Off-Reserve – 239

According to the Community Well Being Index,* Eel Ground scored 69 out of a possible 100 based on figures derived from the 2001 Census:

  • Highest New Brunswick Community Score – 93
  • New Brunswick Non-Native Average Score – 79
  • New Brunswick First Nation Average Score – 70
  • Lowest New Brunswick Community Score – 57

From May 11, 2018 – May 10, 2022, the chief is George Ginnish. The band councillors are: Anthony Francis Kyle Francis Merrill Francis Cody Narvey Tyler Patles Willie Sark Brian Simon Mike Simon Kelvin Simonson Alisha Sweezey (Ward)

 

Contact:

Council of Eel Ground 47 Church Road Eel Ground, New Brunswick E1V 4E6 Telephone 506-627-4600 Fax 506-627-4602

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Eel River Bar – Oqpi’kanjik – New Brunswick

Eel River Bar is composed of Eel River #3, Moose Meadows, and Indian Ranch.

  • Eel River #3 is 122 hectares in size, 3.2 km. south of Dalhousie, New Brunswick, and was established February 28, 1807.
  • Moose Meadows #4 is 404.7 hectares, located 32 km. south of Dalhousie, and was established November 29, 1978.
  • Indian Ranch is 45.7 hectares, located 2.4 km. south of Dalhousie, and was established November 30, 1978.

As of June 2019 the total population was 758:

  • Registered Males on Own Reserve – 165
  • Registered Females on Own Reserve – 181
  • Registered Males on Other Reserves – 7
  • Registered Females on Other Reserves – 8
  • Registered Males Living Off-Reserve – 187
  • Registered Females Living Off-Reserve – 210

According to the Community Well Being Index,* Eel River Bar scored 73 out of a possible 100 based on figures derived from the 2001 Census:

  • Highest New Brunswick Community Score – 93
  • New Brunswick Non-Native Average Score – 79
  • New Brunswick First Nation Average Score – 70
  • Lowest New Brunswick Community Score – 57

From June 24, 2017 – June 23, 2019, the chief of the reserve is Thomas Everett Martin. The band councillors are: John Claude (Jake) Caplin Chris Labillois Sacha Labillois Brad Martin Chris Pictou Ron Simonson

Contact: Council of Eel River Bar 11 Main Street, Unit 201 Eel River Bar, New Brunswick E8C 1A1 Telephone 506-684-6277 Fax 506-684-6282 Visit the Eel River Bar web site.

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Fort Folly -Amlamkuk Kwesawe’k – New Brunswick

Fort Folly is composed of 40.6 hectares of land located 1.6 km. southeast of Dorchester, New Brunswick. It was established December 24, 1969.

As of June 2019 the total population was 132:

  • Registered Males on Own Reserve – 11
  • Registered Females on Own Reserve – 25
  • Registered Males on Other Reserves – 0
  • Registered Females on Other Reserves – 0
  • Registered Females on No Band Crown Land – 1
  • Registered Males Living Off-Reserve – 45
  • Registered Females Living Off-Reserve – 50

According to the Community Well Being Index,* Fort Folly scored 79 out of a possible 100 based on figures derived from the 2001 Census:

  • Highest New Brunswick Community Score – 93
  • New Brunswick Non-Native Average Score – 79
  • New Brunswick First Nation Average Score – 70
  • Lowest New Brunswick Community Score – 57

From November 24, 2017 – November 23, 2021, the chief of the reserve is Rebecca Knockwood. The band councillors are: Jolyne Knockwood Joseph Knockwood

Contact: Council of Fort Folly Box 971 Dorchester, New Brunswick E4K 3V5 Telephone 506-379-3400 Fax 506-379-3408

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Indian Island – L’nui Menikuk – New Brunswick

Indian Island is composed of 26.4 hectares of land located 8 km. northeast of Rexton, New Brunswick. It was established November 17, 1948.

As of June 2019 the total population was 205:

  • Registered Males on Own Reserve – 52
  • Registered Females on Own Reserve – 58
  • Registered Males on Other Reserves – 1
  • Registered Females on Other Reserves – 0
  • Registered Males Living Off-Reserve – 40
  • Registered Females Living Off-Reserve – 54

According to the Community Well Being Index,* Indian Island scored 78 out of a possible 100 based on figures derived from the 2001 Census:

  • Highest New Brunswick Community Score – 93
  • New Brunswick Non-Native Average Score – 79
  • New Brunswick First Nation Average Score – 70
  • Lowest New Brunswick Community Score – 57

From November 18, 2016 – November 17, 2020, the chief of the reserve is Kenneth Barlow. The band councillors are: Ingrid Brooks Catherine Sanipass

Contact: Council of Indian Island 61 Island Drive Indian Island, New Brunswick E4W 1S9 Telephone 506-523-4875 or 523-1913 Fax 506-523-8110

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Metepenagiag – Metepna’kiaq – New Brunswick

Metepenagiag is composed of Red Bank #4 and #7, Big Hole Tract #8, and the north half of Indian Point #1.

  • Red Bank #4 is 1,457 hectares in size, located 22.4 km. west of Newcastle, New Brunswick.
  • Red Bank #7 is 1,011.7 hectares of land located 24 km. west of Newcastle.
  • Big Hole Tract #8 is 1,396.2 hectares located 20.8 km. west of Newcastle
  • the north half of Indian Point #1 is 42.1 hectares lying 19.2 km. west of Newcastle.

All these reserves were established in 1783.

As of June 2019 the total population was 696:

  • Registered Males on Own Reserve – 224
  • Registered Females on Own Reserve – 218
  • Registered Males on Other Reserves – 14
  • Registered Females on Other Reserves – 17
  • Registered Males Living Off-Reserve – 99
  • Registered Females Living Off-Reserve – 124

According to the Community Well Being Index,* Metepenagiag scored 73 out of a possible 100 based on figures derived from the 2001 Census:

  • Highest New Brunswick Community Score – 93
  • New Brunswick Non-Native Average Score – 79
  • New Brunswick First Nation Average Score – 70
  • Lowest New Brunswick Community Score – 57

From July 17, 2018 – July 16, 2022, the chief of the reserve is William Ward. The band councillors are: Adam Augustine Laurie Augustine Kevin Levi Lawrence Ward Roman Ward Diana (Augustine) Webb

Contact:

Metepenagiag Box 293 Red Bank, New Brunswick E9E 2P2 Telephone 506-836-6111 Fax 506-836-7593

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Pabineau – Ke’kwapskuk – New Brunswick

Pabineau is composed of 429.1 hectares of land located 8 km. south of Bathurst, New Brunswick. It was established prior to 1867.

As of June 2019 the total population was 326:

  • Registered Males on Own Reserve – 58
  • Registered Females on Own Reserve – 46
  • Registered Males on Other Reserves – 0
  • Registered Females on Other Reserves – 2
  • Registered Males Living Off-Reserve – 113
  • Registered Females Living Off-Reserve – 107

According to the Community Well Being Index,* Pabineau scored 68 out of a possible 100 based on figures derived from the 2001 Census:

  • Highest New Brunswick Community Score – 93
  • New Brunswick Non-Native Average Score – 79
  • New Brunswick First Nation Average Score – 70
  • Lowest New Brunswick Community Score – 57

From April 13, 2016 – April 13, 2020, the chief of the reserve is David Peter-Paul. The band councillors are: Terry Richardson Chris Turkenkopf

Contact:

Council of Pabineau Band 1290 Pabineau Falls Road Pabineau First Nation, New Brunswick E2A 7M3 Telephone 506-548-9211 Fax 506-545-6929 Visit the Pabineau web site.

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The information regarding federal, provincial, and band representatives and Mi’kmaq or Maliseet reserves in the Maritimes was provided by INAC- Community Profiles.

The socio-economic indicators presented on this page are derived from special tabulations prepared for Indigenous & Northern Affairs Canada by Statistics Canada. All of the information provided here is believed to be accurate and valid in the context of Statistics Canada’s mandate to collect and disseminate census information on all Canadians as specified in the Statistics Act.  INAC does not warrant these data or accept responsibility for any omissions or inaccuracies inadvertently contained in this presentation. For further information about the limitations of census data and in particular, data collected by reserve, the user is directed to the following weblink: http://www.statcan.ca For further information about the data posted here, please contact the First Nations and Northern Statistics Section at (819) 953-9999.

*[From the website]: The Community Well Being Index is a product of the income, education, labour force activity, and housing conditions into a single number or CWB score between 0 and 100 derived by INAC from the 2001 Census. Detailed reports on the methodology may be obtained by calling 1-800-567-9604.