I believe that a community’s success should be measured by the well being of its people as a whole. We should all share in its success. No one should be left behind. We all have something to contribute and we should have the opportunity to do so.
I believe that hard work should pay off, responsibility should be rewarded and that everyone should get a fair shot. I also believe that everyone should do their fair share and should play by the same rules.
If we followed our seven sacred teachings (Love, Honesty, Respect, Truth, Courage, Humility and Wisdom) as our ancestors did I believe that it would bring much pride to our community.
With the right to govern comes the responsibility to govern well. The education of the next generation of leaders and managers is an investment that needs to be made to see that our community possesses the knowledge, skills and abilities to govern effectively. Investing in our youth is investing in our future success.
I remember a time in Gesgapegiag when everyone was so community involved. We celebrated traditions such as our Aboriginal Day Feasts and Labor Day weekend activities such as races on the river. This community loves gatherings..wouldn’t it be nice to bring that back?
I had a nice talk with a friend today and I just thought I would share this with you. I would love to be part of something so great as to bring this community back together.
The Election for the Chief and Council of Gespapegiag will be on Saturday August 17th, the votes will be counted on August 18th.
Candidates include for Chief
Larocque, Roderick Jr. (Baby Rod)
Martin, Joanna A.
Candidates for councillor
Bernard, Clement (Clem)
Gedeon, John Jr.
Gedeon, Indian John
Jerome Bernard, Christianne
Jerome, Louis Boy
Mallette, Fernand (Pwee)
Martin, Allister Sr.
Pare, Michel Laurion
Patnode, Daryl “Doctor”
I believe that a Chief and Council should be held accountable and be transparent to the people.
Equal opportunities for higher education. I believe that we need to educate our youth so that they may come back to manage and lead their own community. By Gesgapegiag For Gesgapegiag. Everyone should have equal rights to an education. I believe that we would benefit from re-establishing a Board of Education to give parents a voice when it comes to their children’s education. We need to come together as a community, to ensure that the next generation can pursue their dreams. Education is our future!
Equal employment opportunities; I believe that all members have a right to be considered for employment regardless of their political or personal views. Every family deserves a right to earn a living for their family.
Aboriginal and Treaty Rights; I am a strong believer, in protecting our Aboriginal and Treaty Rights. As First Nations, we need to stand together, and support each other when it comes to fighting for our rights. If we do not take a stand now and assert our treaty rights, what will be left for our children and grandchildren.
The success of our community will come from the people. The Chief and Council work for you. I would be honored if you would consider me as one of your new council members to help rebuild Gesgapegiag to its fullest potential. If you have any questions, concerns or would like to share your ideas you can contact me through email firstname.lastname@example.org