Common Services

Adult Alternative Care

CMM administers contracts with Special Care Facilities throughout Nova Scotia to support First Nation Clients formerly residents on reserve.   This year CMM continues to bring the AAC program into Compliance with AANDC Funding Authorities.  CMM will continue to maintain visits to all clients, and will continue to be a bridge for guidance and support for […]


Since its inception in 1986, The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq has maintained a strong fiscal accountability framework. With approximately twenty funding agencies and a variety of funding arrangements, The CMM is regarded as a leader among native organizations across the country. The organization is audited annually by independent audit (Grant Thornton), and has meticulously met […]

Legal Services

Legal Services The CMM Legal Advisor provides in- house legal services to the CMM and its five affiliated entities, Mi’kmaq/Maliseet Nations News Association (MMNN), Eastern Woodland Print Communications (EWPC), Mi’kmawey Debert Cultural Centre (MDCC), and Mainland Mi’kmaq Developments Inc. (MMDI).  The in-house Legal Advisor represents and protects the interests of the CMM and its affiliated […]

Wills & Estates

The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq (CMM) continues to distribute its three Wills and Estates Publications: How to Write a Will How to Settle an Estate How to Write a Power of Attorney & Personal Directive To obtain a copy of Mi’kmaq Wills Package: For Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq contact The CMM by calling (902) 895-6385.

Community Programs & Corporate Services

Economic Development

Through the Community Economic Development Opportunities (CEDO) initiative, The Economic Development Advisor administers the Community Economic Development funding for participating Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq (CMM) member bands. The Economic Development Advisor works closely with the Mi’kmaq Project for Innovation and Collaboration (MPIC) team and other relevant stakeholders to share Economic Development information, resources and opportunities with the CMM […]


The  CMM  has  a  four  member  health  unit  consisting  of  the Senior  Director  for  Community  and  Corporate  Services,  the Health Liaison, Diabetes Community Coordinator, and Mainland Mi’kmaq Community Coordinator, FASD Project. Health programs and services at The CMM support a number of programs and initiatives at the community level and The CMM Health staff work […]

Membership / Elections

Click here to access forms and applications » The CMM Membership program assists band members with applications for registration and membership. The CMM membership clerk issues Indian Status cards within the policy and guidelines set out by the Department of Indian Affairs. All status Indians are registered through the Indian Registry. This confidential database holds […]

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 […]

Post-Secondary Education

The Post-Secondary Assistance Program has been funding students through university and college since 1988. Students from Annapolis Valley, Bear River, Glooscap, and Pictou Landing First Nations are welcome to apply for financial support from The CMM to help with tuition, books and living costs. First Nations Post-Secondary students in Halifax can visit the Native Counseling […]

Tripartite Forum

The Mi’kmaq-Nova Scotia -Canada Tripartite Forum was formed in 1997 as a partnership between the Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq, the Province of Nova Scotia and the Government of Canada. The Tripartite Forum aims to strengthen relationships and to resolve issues of mutual concern affecting Mi’kmaw communities. The CMM administers the Tripartite Secretariat which assists in the […]

History & Culture

Eastern Woodland Print Communications

We are a self-sufficient Native owned and operated print communications company with particular interest and expertise in serving the First Nation community and related government agencies. Our relationship with our client-base and our understanding of aboriginal culture have helped Eastern Woodland Print Communications become the primary supplier for Native print communications or promotional needs in […]

Mi’kmaq Maliseet Nations News

The MMNN is a First Nation owned, community focused monthly newspaper with a particular expertise in Mi’kmaq culture. The objectives of the newspaper are to celebrate and lift people up/lift their spirits with an emphasis on positive stories and success stories in the Mi’kmaq community, to archive and record history, to educate, and to provide […]

Mi’kmawey Debert Cultural Centre

Connecting with Our Past Mawitaik ta’n tett wejitaik Picture an ice-age landscape with mastodons, caribou, and giant beavers wandering over the tundra that covered Mi’kma’ki more than 11,000 years ago. Imagine communities of people who lived at the base of the Cobequid Mountains for as long as a thousand years. This begins the story of […]

Specific Claims Research

Land Claims & Research Since 1987 The CMM has investigated Aboriginal land claims for our six of our member First Nations communities. The Specific Claims Research Department currently conducts research on Specific Land Claims. Comprehensive Land Claims within Nova Scotia are currently not part of our mandate and are being addressed through the Made-in-Nova Scotia […]

Lands, Environment & Natural Resources

Asset Condition and Reporting System (ACRS)

In this program technicians perform inspections on all AANDC funded on reserve assets (schools, roads, offices, water and wastewater systems etc) for all 13 Nova Scotian Bands as well as 3 communities in Newfoundland and Labrador. These inspections are performed once every 3 years and provide the Bands with up to date information on the […]


The GIS Technician is responsible for developing and maintaining a GIS database for use in mapping the geographic data in the Bay of Fundy Watershed. This database is of importance to MCG for a number of reasons, however, the primary objective for MCG is to collect as much Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge with respect to sites […]


CMM participates in the Atlantic First Nation Housing & Infrastructure Network. The Manager of the LENR unit attends the meetings in order to keep CMM communities well-informed on housing developments and provide an accessible venue for community input. With the end of the Canada Economic Action Plan Program to improve First Nations housing, the demand […]

Lands Management

The Lands Program administers and manages land transactions for The CMM’s seven member communities. The program provides quality land management advice and administrative support pertaining to reserve additions, pre-reserve designations and lands referendums. The Lands Management Program is available to member communities for updating land encumbrances, facilitating community land issue settlements, updating community mapping, researching […]

Maintenance Management Program

The maintenance management technician, as part of and in addition to the ACRS inspections, provides the Bands with prioritized lists of maintenance recommendations. These recommendations will include non-ACRS assets such as oil tank replacement schedules and building maintenance advice. This program is expanding to incorporate energy efficiency initiatives such as those provided through external organizations […]

Mi’kmawey Forestry Program

CMM is still involved with the Mi’kmaq Forestry Initiative (MFI). The area in question is now only about 30,000 acres and is now known as the St. Croix area. This agreement for exclusive Mi’kmaq use and management is currently still under negotiation but is hoped to be finalized by the end of fiscal year 2014 […]

Mi’kmaw Ecological Knowledge Studies (MEKS)

The CMM conducts Mi’kmaq Ecological Knowledge Studies (MEKS). A MEKS is a study of historic and current Mi’kmaq land and resource use. An evaluation is completed to determine any impacts a potential project may have on the use of that land. Information obtained from personal interviews and land mapping aids in protection and management of […]

Mi’kmaw Conservation Group

Climate Change Adaptation Program

MCG is currently working on a project to help water operators in our Communities assess if their water utilities are vulnerable to climate change. But what does that mean? It means protecting our drinking water today for our children’s tomorrow. This program is focused on assessing three MCG Community’s water utilities and their ability to […]

Commercial Fisheries

With the hiring of a CFLC Officer at the MCG (November 2012) the MCG is now able to have a representative for member Communities at a number of industry meetings.  The CFLC communicates any/all changes to fishery related matters to Fisheries Managers and leaders of MCG’s member Communities.    In turn, these individuals are also providing […]


MCG is always happy to be out and about in Communities and looks forward to continuing to attend Community health & job fairs, fishing derbies, educational workshops, opening of facilities and other events. Look for our stories in MMNN and in the MCG quarterly newsletters on our website. You can also follow us on Facebook […]

Geographic Information Systems

The GIS Technician is responsible for developing and maintaining a GIS database for use in mapping the geographic data in the Bay of Fundy Watershed.  This database is of importance to MCG for a number of reasons, however, the primary objective for MCG is to collect as much Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge with respect to sites […]

Mainland Mi’kmaq Development Tagging Initiative

Mainland Mi’kmaq Development Inc. (MMDI) was incorporated July 9th, 1991 under the Canadian Business Corporation Act. MMDI fosters economic development and business skills amongst Native Peoples. MMDI is pleased to offer commercial fishing gear tagging services to include all Commercial Fishers in Atlantic Canada; Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador. MMDI […]

Research & Education

The MCG is developing programs on issues involving species-at-risk and participating in programs such as habitat restoration. Through our programs and services we help to promote Netukulimk – taking what you need today and leaving some for tomorrow – in the Bay of Fundy Watershed.     Youth Mentorship/Capacity Building     Research     […]

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