The CMM is a Tribal Council incorporated in 1986 as a not-for-profit organization under the Societies Act of Nova Scotia. Starting with a team of two staff members, almost thirty years later the organization is supported by more than a hundred employees. The mission statement best summarizes the objectives of the organization:
“To proactively promote and assist Mi’kmaw communities’ initiatives toward self determination and enhancement of community.”
The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq (CMM) is a Tribal Council serving the interests of eight Mi’kmaw communities: Wasoqopa’q, Annapolis Valley, Bear River, Glooscap, Millbrook, Paqtnkek, Pictou Landing and Sipekne’katik.
Incorporated in 1986, The CMM was registered as a non-profit organization in the province of Nova Scotia. The list of programs and services has expanded and diversified over the past 30+ years of operation. Initially mandated by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) to deliver advisory services in finance, economic development, community planning, technical services and band governance, The CMM soon looked to member communities for direction.
The mandate from its member communities took priority and continues to do so today. The mission statement best summarizes the objectives of the organization: To proactively promote and assist Mi’kmaw communities’ initiatives toward self-determination and enhancement of community.
The clear support and direction from the member communities has enabled the organization to grow and flourish far beyond the INAC mandate.