Through the Epekwitk Assembly of Councils, L’nuey is governed by the full First Nations leadership of the province (Lennox Island and Abegweit First Nations Chiefs and Councils). The Assembly is responsible for the work of L’nuey, including negotiation and consultation processes. L’nuey serves and supports the Assembly in these processes. The Assembly is also responsible for the governance development work to support the Epekwitnewaq Mi’kmaq’s inherent right to self-government. L’nuey is the PEI Mi’kmaq Rights-based organization, which has the technical resources to serve the growing negotiation, consultation and governance development needs of the Epekwitnewaq Mi’kmaq. The Assembly provides direction to the staff of L’nuey for the negotiation, consultation and governance development work. Any major decisions will be voted on by the Mi’kmaq of PEI. Additionally, the Assembly provides direction to the senior management of L’nuey and guides L’nuey in the execution of its mandate.
Epekwitk Assembly of Councils Organizational Evolution
The Epekwitk Assembly of Councils is the joint forum that oversees and governs organizations that act in the shared interest of Abegweit First Nation and Lennox Island First Nation.
Comprised of the full Councils of both First Nations, the Assembly currently administers three organizations that are provincial in scope: L’nuey, the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI and the Epekwitk Development Corporation.
L’nuey’s mandate is focused on protecting and advancing the Aboriginal and treaty rights of the Epekwitk Mi’kmaq, including negotiations, consultation, and governance development.
The Confederacy’s role is to deliver shared programs and services on behalf of both First Nations, as well as serving as a Tribal Council, which provides services and technical supports to each First Nation’s administration.
The Epekwitk Development Corporation was established in the interest of shared economic development and the creation of the First Nations own source revenue.