Speaker series: Challenging mines and clearcuts in New Brunswick

Find out why so many people are concerned about clearcuts, forest spraying and the Sisson open-pit mine proposed in the heart of the Nashwaak watershed from Ramona Nicholas and Tracy Glynn at the Abbey Café (546 Queen St., Fredericton) on Wednesday, June 6 at 7 p.m.  

Ramona Nicholas is one of the Wolastoqiyik grandmothers living on the land to protect it from the proposed Sisson open-pit mine and forestry practices such as herbicide spraying. She has been an archaeologist for more than 20 years, incorporating traditional knowledge into the archaeological records as well as any research she  undertakes. She is an instructor at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton with the Department of Anthropology, and is currently developing On the Land programs with the Mi’kmaq Wolastoqey Center.

Nicholas earned her undergraduate degree from St. Thomas University majoring in Native Studies, and obtained her Master of Arts from the University of New Brunswick, where her thesis was titled Listening to the Ancestors: A Wabanaki Perspective on Engagement in Archaeology. One of Ramona’s greatest accomplishments is a permanent exhibit at the Fredericton Regional Museum called The Wabanaki Way. This ever-evolving exhibit is a teaching tool for Indigenous people to begin the process of decolonizing museums.

The Conservation Council’s Forest Conservation campaigner, Tracy Glynn teaches environmental studies at St. Thomas University and critical international development studies at the University of New Brunswick. Her PhD examines the resistance of women to resource extraction. This summer, she and a research team at the University of New Brunswick will kick off a project on alternative media and rural social justice called RAVEN – Rural Action and Voices of the Environment. She works with mine-affected communities around the world as a board member of MiningWatch Canada, and an organizer with Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network. As the forest campaigner at the Conservation Council of New Brunswick for 12 years, Tracy has coordinated various actions to protect the mixed wood forest across Wabanaki territory.

This upcoming event offers expert insights on current environmental issues that directly impact New Brunswickers. Discover why you should be concerned about clearcuts, forest spraying, the Sisson mine proposal, and the depletion of our natural resources. Visit the event’s Facebook page, and join us at the Abbey Café, June 6 at 7 p.m. for this incredible learning opportunity!