The Bras d'Or has many friends...
Over the last decade, and even before, they have been inspired to come together to stop the damage, take stock on the state of the Lake and of its watershed, and Plan for a better future.
Their shared inspiration led to the 2003 and 2004 Bras d’Or Workshops which led to the moment of collective enlightenment when the Charter was signed. Under the Charter, Governments and Mi’kmaq leaders pledged to work together “To develop an overall Management Plan for the Bras d’Or Lakes Watershed ecosystem, and to facilitate its implementation by governments and other relevant stakeholders.” Those who signed the Charter showed the Vision, Courage, Leadership and Faith that would inspire others to follow in their steps.
These Leaders were:
Chief Terry Paul, Membertou First Nation
Chief Blair Francis, Eskasoni First Nation
Chief Wilbert Marshall, Potlotek First Nation
Chief Lester Peck, Wagmatcook First Nation
Chief Sandy Googoo, Waycobah First Nation
Mayor John Morgan, Cape Breton Regional Municipality
Warden Wayne Budge, Victoria County Warden
Duart MacAulay, Inverness County
Warden John Boudreau, Richmond County
Mayor Billy Joe MacLean, Town of Por t Hawkesbury
Peter Underwood, Deputy Minister Nova Scotia Natural Resources
Rosalind Penfound, Deputy Minister Nova Scotia Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries
Judith Sullivan-Corney, Chief Administrative Officer, Nova Scotia Office of Aboriginal Affairs
William Lahey, Deputy Minister, Nova Scotia Environment and Labour
Ian Gray, Regional Director General, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
Neil Bellefontaine, Regional Director General, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Garth Bangay, Regional Director General, Environment Canada