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Nadine Bernard

Liberal Candidate for Victoria-The Lakes

Nadine’s story begins in the Mi’kmaq community of We’koqma’q across the waters of Whycocomagh. Her life journey has given her the opportunity to call other communities home, and Nadine has spent years living in both Eskasoni and Sydney.

Along her life’s path, Nadine’s experience has led her to politics and business ownership. Her life story is rooted in her Mi’kmaq values, and with lived experience in two worlds, in what the Mi’kmaq reference as the “Two-Eyed Seeing Approach.” Nadine values the ability to take on issues and people with an open mind and understanding.

At a young age, Nadine was exposed to entrepreneurship and many diverse sectors such as tourism, fisheries, crafting, and cuisine. She watched as her grandfather worked hard in the forestry industry, while selling homemade crafts on the roadside. She understood hard work and sacrifice as a young person, and took those lessons with her as she began her own life in the workforce.

Today, Nadine is the owner and operator of two successful small businesses. Slow Cooked Dreams focuses on access to food security and nutrition for communities across Nova Scotia, and in her second business, Indigivisor, Nadine leads an impressive business-focused team on construction and community consultation. The late nights, the long weeks, the balance of family, work and life; Nadine is dynamic and capable.

Family means everything, and Nadine has a strong family network that keeps her motivated to reach her goals. Nadine’s family, like many Islanders, had to leave the island for work. She is a proud mother to her three children and one granddaughter. Her grown children have pursued their goals, with her daughter working in Ottawa for the federal government, and her daughter and fiancé working as rotational workers in Alberta for many years. She understands and has lived the experience of a rotational worker family. Nadine’s son is graduating with from trade school and will soon be pursuing a career of his own.

Keeping our families home and raising our families here is crucial to the future of Cape Breton Island. Nadine realizes the diverse needs of Cape Breton and Victoria-The Lakes; affordable housing, food insecurity, small business survival and employment to name a few.

Her political journey started many years ago, and has instilled into her children, the importance of having a strong voice. Nadine’s involvement with the Liberal Party as lead for the Aboriginal People’s Commission gave way to understanding the complexities of issues and having difficult conversations, but mostly in building relationships. As a dedicated board member for several community organizations, Nadine is experienced in broad decision-making and strategic planning, as well as advocacy and listening to the needs of Nova Scotians.

Words stay words unless put into action, and Nadine continues to take action, and would be humbled for the opportunity to represent our community of Victoria-The Lakes.

Our Plan for Recovery and Growth

Nova Scotia is ready to take the next step. We have an opportunity, right now, and an obligation to leave a better legacy for our children – by increasing equity, protecting the environment and building a better tomorrow.

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Mental Health and Addictions Services When and Where We Need Them

Cape Breton has long had disproportionately high levels of drug and alcohol addictions. Rates of drug and alcohol addiction have increased as a result of the stress caused by COVID-19. Cape Breton has also struggled to secure access to sufficient mental health resources – psychology and social work services that can be accessed when they’re needed, not months later. Nova Scotia’s new Office of Mental Health and Addictions is an important first step.

Nadine is running because she believes that we must take mental health and addictions seriously. We must ensure that all of our communities have the mental health and addictions resources they need when and where they need them. If we are not well, or our families are not well, or our communities are not well, long-term prosperity will elude us.

Nova Scotia as a Climate Change Leader: Transitioning to Sustainable Resource Industries

Our summer is only getting started and already we’ve seen more than 300 wildfires raging in British Columbia, the devastating burning of Lytton, BC and the ocean on fire in the Gulf of Mexico. Nova Scotia can and must be a leader in climate change adaptation – ensuring our communities and our infrastructure are ready for the weather and climate impacts of climate change – and in making a change right now that will lessen its impact on future generations. The world is moving in this direction, global economies are moving in this direction.

As a province that has been built on fisheries, forestry and agriculture, Nadine believes that we can be at the forefront of the big changes in these industries. We can lead the country in transitioning to sustainable fisheries, sustainable forestry, and sustainable agriculture.

A Role for Nova Scotia in Reconciliation

Historically, First Nations have been seen as a federal responsibility. This is changing. The
Province of Nova Scotia and all Nova Scotians are joining the conversation and movement to
recognize the treaties that all of our ancestors signed and the ways in which these call on us to
be good neighbours to one another today. Nova Scotia’s work on Treaty Education has been
some of the best in the country.

Nadine’s Nova Scotia is one in which we share our stories, share our histories, and share our
culture and communities with one another. It is one where we work with one another to create
a future that is healthy and fair for everyone, that welcomes new perspectives to old tables,
and that ensures we talk about and begin to truly heal the injustices of the past.

A Vibrant Post-COVID Tourism Sector

One of the unexpected outcomes of COVID-19 has been greater national and international interest in our beautiful Island. And no wonder! We are surrounded by the Atlantic ocean, blessed by the abundant Bras d’Or Lakes, home to an unparalleled National Park and National
Historic Site, and steeped in the rich history and culture of the Mi’kmaq, Acadiens and the Gaels. As COVID has caused so many to question their quality of life, Cape Breton has shown up on the global radar as a desirable place to visit, live, and work.

At the same time, COVID has halted travel. For a year and a half, we haven’t been able to welcome visitors from other provinces and other countries and this has had a devastating impact on the tourism industry in Victoria-The Lakes.

Nadine believes that as we talk about post-COVID economic recovery our tourism sector must be at the centre of this discussion. We know that tourism is at the heart of the 21 st century economy we’re working to build here in Nova Scotia and that it is critical in the livelihoods of so many on our Island.

A Prosperous Nova Scotia for Everyone

As we look to build back better after COVID-19, we must ensure that prosperity in our Province is prosperity for all. With the new Nova Scotia Department of Inclusive Economic Growth we are well-positioned to grow our economy differently – a stronger, smarter, more resilient economy that is ready for the fast-paced global disruptions that have come to characterize today. From Invest Nova Scotia to Develop Nova Scotia, Nadine believes in working with communities to develop their unique assets, make sure they are connected, and make sure their well-being is the end goal of a stronger Nova Scotia economy.

History-Making in Nova Scotia

Nadine is deeply honoured to be the first Mi’kmaw Liberal MLA candidate in Nova Scotia and to have the opportunity to become the first Mi’kmaw MLA for our Province. It is not an honour she takes lightly. She carries with her all of those men and women who fought for L’nu ways of life, culture, language, well-being, and survival.

She carries with her the proud hearts and eyes of her three children and the unfettered enthusiasm and optimism of her young granddaughter. She carries with her the wish that as she grows, she sees political leaders, doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, carpenters, and fishers who look just like her.

Nadine believes that when we are all at the table together and can bring our unique perspectives to the conversation, the result is better, more robust, more compassionate, and modern policymaking.

How to Vote for Nadine

Elections Nova Scotia has made it easy and convenient for you to vote safely in this election. Now is the time to make your vote plan to ensure your voice is heard.

Every Day: You can vote every day at 387 Shore Road, Baddeck – Monday to Saturday, 9am to 6pm

Advance Poll: You can vote early at Advance Polls from August 7 to 14

Mail: You can apply for a write-in ballot, visit electionsnovascotia.ca/WriteinBallot

Election Day: Vote on Election Day, Tuesday, August 17

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