Nic Meloney


Nic Meloney is a Wolastoqew video journalist raised on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia/Mi'kma'ki. Email him at or follow him on Twitter @nicmeloney.

Latest from Nic Meloney

AFN Regional Chief suspended pending investigation into gender discrimination allegations

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) has suspended Regional Chief Morley Googoo with pay pending the results of an investigation into allegations that Googoo engaged in gender-based discrimination against women he worked with. 

Wolastoqew loggers face charges of unauthorized timber harvesting in New Brunswick

Three members of a First Nations firewood harvesting association are facing charges in New Brunswick provincial court Wednesday of illegally harvesting timber from Crown lands. 

Workplace investigation found N.S. Regional Chief bullied and harassed former women's association president

Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Morley Googoo engaged in “direct discrimination” against a former leader of the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association (NSNWA) and other Mi’kmaw women, according to an independent report commissioned by a multi-government organization. 

First Nations logger says conservation officers are eliminating his market instead of laying charges

A Wolastoqew (Maliseet) logger who's harvesting lumber from Crown land outside of provincial regulations says an investigation by conservation officers is violating his treaty right to earn a moderate livelihood.

Elder says medicine pouch 'desecrated' by Halifax airport security despite asking for X-ray scan

A Nakawe elder says her traditional medicine pouch was handled and opened during a routine security screening at Halifax Stanfield International Airport, despite asking twice for it to be X-rayed instead.

Advocates call for national action plan on MMIWG before federal election

A coalition of human rights advocates is imploring the federal government to act now on decades of recommendations to address Canada's high rate of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

New documentary investigates the possible Mi'kmaq origins of hockey

A First Nations family in Nova Scotia is asking a new question about the origins on one of Canada’s favourite games: did the Mi’kmaq invent ice hockey?

Ask an Elder: What do you call the winter months in the Mi'kmaw language?

Mi'kmaw linguist Bernie Francis explains a few winter words and the stories behind them.
Reporter's Notebook

What Attawapiskat taught me about reporting in Indigenous communities

Recalling the sunset view from the church bell tower in Attawapiskat, Nic Meloney wonders how many of the residents have seen their community from that point of view?

How to say 'Merry Christmas' and 'Happy New Year' in the Mi'kmaw language

Mi'kmaw linguist Bernie Francis explains the holiday greetings in the Mi'kmaw language.

'As tragic as it is unsurprising': leaders react to report on systemic racism in Thunder Bay police

Several leaders from across the country say they aren't surprised by a report from Ontario's police watchdog finding systemic racism in the Thunder Bay Police Service.

Some Mi'kmaw residential school survivors say settlement wasn't worth the painful process

Mi'kmaw residential school survivors told a feedback gathering session last week that the results of the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement process were often not worth recounting the painful memories of their time at the schools.

Mi'kmaw women prompt last-minute change to First Nations Self Government Summit

The First Nations Self Government Summit in Halifax added a talking circle on how First Nations leaders can address the issues of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls after lobbying by a group of Mi'kmaw women.

Ovide Mercredi suggests new treaty for Atlantic region First Nations at Halifax self-government summit

Ovide Mercredi, a former National Chief of the Assembly of the First Nations,​ said a fresh treaty would allow the Mi'kmaq, Wolastoqiyik and Peskotomuhkati to implement provisions that outline clearly Canada's obligations to their people.

First Nations self-government summit in Halifax to talk goals and processes

A member of the ancestral Mi'kmaw national government says First Nations Chiefs need to consider their definition of self-government, ahead of a national conference tackling the complex issue.