Membertou First Nation

Community Type :

First Nation

Province :

Nova Scotia

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The Current Chief:

Chief Terry Paul

The # of Councilors:

12 councilors

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Tribal Council Affiliation:

Union of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq

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Postal Code:

B1S 2M9



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About Community

Membertou is an urban and progressive Mi’kmaq community located on Unama’ki – Cape Breton Island. With a strong focus on community growth through economic development, the spirit of Membertou is driven by its close-knit and vibrant people. Membertou, named after Grand Chief Membertou (1510-1611), is one of five Mi’kmaq communities in Cape Breton and one of thirteen Mi’kmaq communities within the province of Nova Scotia. Membertou is an ever-expanding community, and its current population is 1,695, which includes both on and off-reserve members.

Chief Terry Paul's Message

Membertou has flourished into what it is today – a thriving and progressive community. The budget has grown into a current 112-million-dollar operating budget and the number of employees increased from 37 to nearly 600, which includes community and non-community members. In March 2019, led by the vision of Chief Terry, Membertou Development Corporation was named as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies; the first Mi’kmaq Corporation to be honoured with the Best Managed designation. As Membertou continues to grow, it provides its community members with new and aspiring opportunities, whether its education, employment or cultural workshops and also shares a unique bond that encourages leadership for a better future.

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