The Pitu’paq partnership will be making an even bigger presence at the annual Chapel Island Mission this year.

122The five Unama’ki communities are providing student teams, and a dedicated Mission team has been hired under Nova Scotia Youth Corps program. Tobias Doucette and Eddie Doucette are back again this year, joined by new members Emma Johnson and Keenan Bernard.

Once again, there will be waste removal on a daily basis, pump-out services to trailers (a $25 permit will be applied), fully serviced port-a-potties on the mainland and Island, and a recycling program. Recycled materials collected will be used to fund next year’s Mission. Schedules for waste pick-ups will posted in cabins and distributed to trailers.

We have put in small service roads for emergency purposes and waste pick up. Hurricane damage from last year’s hurricane is being cleared from the Island thanks to the Eskasoni team.

Businesses have been making donations of water for Elders to have during Mission.This year, Pitu’paq has issued a Mi’kmaq Business Challenge for donations. Basque Fuels has started it off with a $1,000 donation, and are encouraging other businesses to contribute. There is full accounting of Mission funds administered by the Pitu’paq partnership.

Pitu’paq would like to thank all community members who made last year’s program such a success. Last year, there were no fecal coliform levels detected in the water, no vandalism of the port-a-potties, and a significant reduction in cabin vandalism throughout the year. This is a really important outcome of the program.

From UINR Marten – Vol.4. Issue.2 – Summer 2008