Mi’kmaq Project for Innovation and Collaboration (MPIC)
“The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq Chiefs and Council support the creation of a Mainland Mi’kmaq Benefits Committee. The Benefits Committee will pursue Socio-Economic Benefits for CMM Bands and invite other Mi’kmaq-Mainland Bands.”
June 2012 – Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
This decision was brought forth by concerned board members and representatives, who identified an increasing gap in the socio-economic growth of the mainland communities. This gap could be addressed by adding more direction and support in areas linked to Socio-Economic growth such as increasing the participation of Mi’kmaq in the workforce and development of opportunities through partnerships and investments.
The MPIC team works with the local and regional economies to secure opportunities of investment, employment and partnerships that benefit the Mi’kmaq communities. By opening communication lines with successful proponents on major projects, linking them to frontline workers who in turn can negotiate increased benefits, develop training programs, initiate work programs and provide ready to work individuals to the employers.
MPIC works in collaboration with our communities’ governance, frontline workers, CMM Economic Development, Mi’kmaq organizations, government and industry to enhance services, opportunities and increase the Mi’kmaq workforce. Through working with community stakeholders MPIC is a lead in developing partnerships and investments directly connected to economic and corporate development.
Overall MPIC’s goal is to empower the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq member bands to champion direction and set a trend on increasing Mi’kmaq participation in Nova Scotia’s Economy.