Abegweit First Nation
 

ABEGWEIT
FIRST
NATION

Abegweit First Nation is a small Mi’kmaq band that was established in 1972. Abegweit First Nation is a unique band that consists of 3 reserves: Morell Rear Reserve #2, Rocky Point Reserve #3, and Scotchfort Reserve #4 that are all separated geographically. Abegweit is a custom band that is governed by 1 Chief and 2 Councillors that are elected every 4 years. The political term of office is 4 years and the Council is made up of 1 Chief and 2 Councillors.

As of August 2015, our current Council for Abegweit First Nation consists of Chief Brian Francis, Councillor Daren Knockwood and Councillor Jacob Jadis. The First Nation works to provide programs and services in the communities.

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Creation of the Abegweit First Nation

Abegweit First Nation was created as a response to a conflict concerning the Council of the Lennox Island First Nation. The distance from Rocky Point, Scotchfort, and Morell Reserves, to Lennox Island also played a significant factor in this, as members of these communities were not always able to attend Band functions or meetings. As well, there was a significant lack of communication between the Lennox Island Band Council and other members of the Band. This led the Scotchfort and Morell Reserves to consider creating a separate band so they could “have their own Council and conduct their own affairs.”

The matter was put to a vote, and on a stormy day in March, (7th), 1972, the majority of those who were able to attend the voting, voted overwhelmingly in favour of the separation. It was agreed that Lennox Island Band “would retain Lennox Island Reserve #1.” Morell Reserve #2, Rocky Point Reserve #3, and Scotchfort Reserve #4 would form the new Abegweit Band. The first election for the Abegweit First Nation occurred in May of that year, with Mrs. Margaret Bernard becoming the first Abegweit Chief, with Councillors Joe Jadis and Cyrus Sark also being elected on that  day, 17 May 1972.

VISION – WHERE WE WANT TO BE

Developing a self-sufficient community together, with a healthy, educated attitude by promoting prosperity and sustainable resource development through partnerships, innovation, and one voice, Ours!

MISSION – HOW WE DO IT

Advancing the Abegweit First Nation, socially, culturally and economically using a holistic approach through education and partnerships. Applying a fair and equitable approach to everything we do and creating a healthy and safe environment.