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About Us

Pjila'si. Mi'kmaq originating from the Benoit family of the Southwest Port au Port Peninsula, Newfoundland, came together to recreate and reinvent a grassroots Mi'kmaq Community organization to hereinafter be called the Benoit 1st Nation.

Note: During the last nomination period to fill vacancies only 1 nomination for each position, therefore an election is not required until 2014 and the council members are deemed to be duly elected by acclamation.

Note: Results confirmed at an election committee meeting at an Annual Assembly of October 26, 2010 in De Grau, NL.:

Saqamaw Jasen Sylvester Benwah

Vice - Saqamaw Phyllis Young

Administrative Assistant Myra Benoit

Women/Youth Director Tanya Chaisson

Treasurer George Benoit

Elder Director Jerome Benoit

Public Works Director Stephen Benoit

Full band elections for Chief and Council will take place at the Annual Assembly in the spring of 2014.

Members out of province will be able to vote on-line

The Benoit Nation Mi'kmaq Band officially includes the area east of the Francophone community on the Port au Port Peninsula.

Benoit First Nation territorial area

Together:

The people have spoken and have taken control of their destiny. Together we look ahead as family who will with one voice. Welįlin.

Historic ties:

In 1972 under the local leadership of Adolph Benoit, our community (Cape St. George Indian Band) was part of the Bay St. George Regional Indian Band Council and the Native Association of Newfoundland that included the Conne River group, Innu and Innuit of Labrador. A year after that groups went their separate ways. Their regional council included Edna Benoit, who at one point was Secretary. She is mother of our present Chief Jasen Benwah and remains an Elder in our band.

In the early 1980's the Bay St. George Regional Indian Band disbanded - breaking up into 4 smaller bands that became part of the Federation of Newfoundland Indians which had 10 bands but later expelled Bartlet's Harbour Indian Band for lack of documentation. For our communities (that includes Cape St. George) on the Port au Port Peninsula - this signaled the beginning of a long period of inactivity and abandonment, lack of leadership and local silence that was only reawakened in 2002 when local Mi'kmaw began the fight to be included into the FNI, was was resisted by the FNI leadership.

In 2004 after years of requests and correspondence, we were able to get a meeting with Aboriginal Affairs to discuss our wish to be included in the deal for recignition. They assured us that we will be included in the deal.

Because the Port au Port Indian Band did not include most of the Port au Port Peninsula and it's Mi'kmaq Communities, we first formed Kitpu 1st Nation, KMA and both of these bands were lost to "other agendas". Benoit 1st Nation was formed out of the need for fair and reasonable representation, it was formed out of the void in our hearts that needed to be filled.

Former band council members:

 

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