Nic Meloney


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

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Measures to stop spread of COVID-19 in First Nations limited by lack of infrastructure: report

Suggested measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 won't be effective in remote Manitoba First Nations unless housing conditions and access to clean water are improved, says a new report.

Mi'kmaw elder creates 22 paintings for families of N.S. mass shooting victims

Joe Michael, a Mi'kmaw elder and 25-year veteran of the RCMP from Sipekne'katik First Nation in Nova Scotia, has prepared a gift for the families of the victims of April's mass shooting.

Federal COVID-19 Indigenous business relief still leaves 'critical gaps,' says financial organization

A First Nations financial organization in the Atlantic region is voicing concern over the exclusion of band-owned, non-taxable businesses in federal financial relief programs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Supporters propose changes to N.B. motor vehicle act to honour Brady Francis

Friends and family of Brady Francis, a 22-year-old man who died in 2018 after a hit-and-run collision, are proposing changes to make reporting vehicle collisions with wildlife mandatory in New Brunswick.

Mi'kmaw technology educators shift 3D printers to producing face shields

A Mi'kmaw not-for-profit organization that offers programs to develop technological skills in First Nations youth in Nova Scotia is shifting gears to produce and distribute thousands of pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to help slow the spread of COVID-19. 

Indigenous artists reaching new audiences with online concerts during pandemic

As performance venues lie dormant across Canada due to public health orders to reduce the spread of COVID-19, some Indigenous musicians are continuing to connect with fans, old and new, through online concerts.

Mi'kmaw communities in Nova Scotia pay tribute to victims of mass shooting, RCMP

Mi’kmaw communities across Nova Scotia, also known as the ancestral territory of Mi’kma’ki, are showing their support for the victims of the mass shooting that spanned 50 kilometers across the province.

First Nations businesses sought financial aid weeks prior to $306 million COVID-19 fund

First Nations financial authorities were sounding alarms about the impact COVID-19 will have on First Nations economies as early as March, prior to a $306 million funding announcement by the federal government, according to documents obtained by CBC News.

Métis dancers keep connected by putting a spin on a social media trend

A group of Métis jiggers from Manitoba are keeping connected by putting their own spin on a new social media trend.

Virtual powwow connects dancers, drummers and vendors amid pandemic

What does a virtual powwow look like? Find out in this original video from CBC Indigenous.

2020 North American Indigenous Games postponed in light of COVID-19 concerns

The 2020 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) have been postponed until next year, in light of concerns about the novel coronavirus.

Mi'kmaw woman calls for 60 Indigenous languages to be adopted as official languages of Canada

A parliamentary petition written by a Mi’kmaw woman living in Nova Scotia, backed by an Ontario Liberal MP, is proposing that 60 Indigenous languages spoken in Canada be adopted as national official languages. 

Mi'kmaq-designed software helps communities see how climate change could impact them

Mi'kmaq-designed software that blends 3D modelling, laser scanning and environmental data is being developed to help communities in the Atlantic region prepare for the potential catastrophic results of climate change. 

Day school claimants say lessons about trauma should have been learned from residential schools settlement

A new report examining the impacts of the 2006 Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) highlights some of the same issues arising with the current Indian Day School settlement claim process, say former students and their supporters. 

Communities 'asked to clean up somebody else's mess' as day school settlement claims open old wounds

One month into the Indian day school settlement claims process, First Nations health officials in the Atlantic region are voicing their frustration over what they're calling the "unethical" process and a lack of communication from the federal government.