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Public Proceedings

Webcast Consultative Conference with Indigenous People

September 13, 2022 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Primary site location:

Dartmouth Hilton Hotel
101 Wyse Rd
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

The Commission will hear from representatives from Indigenous communities to ensure their perspectives and experiences are reflected in the conversation about potential recommendations.

To listen to live audio from the proceedings, call 1-877-385-4099 (toll-free) and enter code 1742076, followed by the # sign.



  • Morning Consultative Conference with Indigenous People
    • Members include: 
      • Elder Marlene Companion, from the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation
      • Noel Brooks, By-Law Officer/Security, Millbrook First Nation
      • Luke Markie, Security, Millbrook First Nation
      • Clifford Paul, Coordinator of the Moose Management Initiative, Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources
      • Jerid Watton, Member of Glooscap First Nation
  • Afternoon Consultative Conference with Indigenous People
    • Members include: 
      • Elder Marlene Companion, from the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation
      • Lena Knockwood, Council Member of Sipekne’katik
      • Juliana Julian, Health Director, Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation
      • Philippa Pictou, Director of Policy and Planning, Tajikeimik
      • Sharon Rudderham, Director of Health Transformation, Tajikeimik
      • Laurianne Sylvester, Dean of Unama’ki College; Member of Membertou First Nation
      • Tuma Young, Member of Eskasoni and Malagawatch First Nation; Assist. Professor of Mi’kmaq Studies at CBU
      • Karla Stevens, Project Coordinator, Circles of Support and Change, Antigonish Women’s Centre & Sexual Assault Services

Both the morning and afternoon Consultative Conferences are co-facilitated by Cheryl Copage-Gehue, Advisor, Indigenous Community Engagement for Halifax Regional Municipality and member of Council, Sipekne’katik First Nation as well as Dr. Emma Cunliffe, Director of Research and Policy for the Commission.


  • Share your suggestions for change to help inform the Commission's final report and recommendations to help make our communities safer.
  • Visit the calendar for the proceedings schedule.
  • View the documents section for Research, Foundational Documents and Additional Exhibits that are entered into evidence during proceedings.
  • To learn more about the Commission's third and final phase of work, visit the frequently asked questions page.
  • All timing, agendas, format and schedules are subject to change and will be updated here as required.


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