Posted at 9:46 am on December 11, 2017

Paqtnkek Chief PJ Prosper says he would like his successor to be a woman.  Prosper believes the First Nations community is ready for a female to lead it.  Prosper

Paqtnkek Chief P. J. Prosper (right) takes the Oath of Office from Don Julien, Executive Director of the Confederation of Mainland Mi’kmaq

says choosing a woman as chief would send a sign that it’s committed to develop a leadership that reflects the fundamental values and principles of who they are as Mi’kmaq people.

Prosper says it’s part of an overall goal of seeing more community members seeking to become involved in leadership roles.
Prosper says he hopes that leadership can be mentored at a young age, and teach about service to the community.

Posted at 1:44 pm on December 6, 2017

 Paqtnkek Chief P. J. Prosper and members of the First Nations community’s Band Council officially began a new term of office Wednesday.  Prosper and Band Council were sworn in at a ceremony before the Executive Director of the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq, Don Julien. There are four returning councillors following last month’s election; Kerry Prosper, Dolly Prosper, Anne Marie Paul and Judy Bernard-Julian. New to council is Tma Francis.

Paqtnkek Chief P. J. Prosper (right) takes the Oath of Office from Don Julien, Executive Director of the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq

The Oath of Office taken by Chief and council is unique to Paqtnkek, which swears a commitment to the community.
It was developed by Chief Prosper several years ago.
Several other Mi’kmaq communities in the province have also adopted Paqtnkek’s Oath of Office for their swearing-in ceremonies
Chief Prosper says it’s a busy time ahead for council with the Interchange project underway.
 The Interchange will also provide access to Paqtnkek reserve lands that have been cut off from the community since the construction of the Trans Canada Highway in the 1960’s

Posted at 1:36 pm on March 31, 2017

The province has announced a $1.5 million home efficiency program for First Nations communities.
The program was announced this morning in Paqtnkek by Energy Minister and Cape Breton-Richmond MLA Michel Samson.  Under the program, it will include perform full efficiency assessments for First Nations homes and offer training to community members.
Eligible homes will receive a home energy assessment and energy efficiency upgrades at no charge.  Upgrades can include draft-proofing, insulation and other options.
Homeowners who participate in the program, and heat with a source other than electricity can expect to save up to $965 on their energy bills annually.