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UGPI’GANJIG First Nation is located on the north shore of the Bay of Chaleur in Northern New Brunswick, Canada and is home to 733 proud Mi’gmaq community members (350 on-reserve residents and 733 total registered community members).


The Mi’gmaq People of Ugpi’ganjig are proud of their culture and community, holding their annual Pow Wow, celebrating National Aboriginal Day and organizing weekly community events that progress the community’s development and strengthen their social fabric that maintains such a close knit Mi’gmaq family. As a result, the people of Ugpi’ganjig First Nation are able to respond to the rapidly changing environment, society and way of life with ease and confidence.


The Mi’gmaq People of Ugpi’ganjig make a living from traditional resourced-based jobs such as fishing and forestry, and non-traditional employment within the sectors of First Nation local government, housing construction, trades, small business and band-based business operations.  There are also community members who live outside the community and work within the mainstream economy in a variety of employment sectors.

 

Milestones for Eel River Bar First Nation 


Then & Now

At the beginning our people lived in balance with the land, rivers and oceans that provided to us. We believed there was equality between the people, the land and animals.  The oceans, lakes and rivers provided us with fresh fish, seals and shellfish. The rivers held our salmon and eels and the forests were home to our moose, deer, bear and a variety of other animals and birds. The creator provided us with a world of food, clothing, shelter and medicines found in plants. Our people fished in the waters of the Bay of Chaleur that borders our community and dug for clams on the sandy shores of Eel River Bar.

However, in 1963, a drastic change occurred that would greatly affect the creator’s gifts to us. A water dam was constructed on the Eel River to divert water to the nearby industries in Dalhousie and Campbellton. The assembly of the dam had a large toll on the way of life in ERB. It put an end to the fishing and gathering of clams on the sandy shores. The social activity and financial benefits from fishing and clam digging were destroyed.

After a long 47 years, the dam was finally removed in 2011. Many from the community believe the removal is the first step to re-establishing their local river.


2003 Canada Games on First Nation Soil

The 2003 Canada Games was held in Northern New Brunswick and this brought a monumental moment to Eel River Bar. For the first time, a First Nation community was able to host an event-fencing. Eel River Bar had past athletes compete in the 1999 Games and the 2003 Games would add to their accomplishment but in a different realm. The structure developed to host the fencing event would showcase the community, facilitate the athletes competing, bear the spectators and have long-term community benefits.

The new infrastructure was joined to the previous community building and currently provides additional space for services and events. Its main features include a daycare and kindergarten facility, sport and recreational gym and a leadership common area for the youth of ERB.