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Elsipogtog First Nation

Elsipogtog (pronounced El-see-buk-tuk) First Nation is a Mi’kmaq community about 91 km northwest of Moncton, New Brunswick. Known for many years as Big Cove, in 2003 the First Nation officially changed its name to Elsipogtog, meaning “river of fire.” However, they are still commonly referred to as Big Cove. Community members largely speak Mi’kmaw and English.

As of 2021, Elsipogtog has 3,491 registered members, 2,689 of whom live on the First Nation’s reserve. The reserve, also known as Elsipogtog, is still referred to as Richibucto 15 in some official documents. It encompasses 19.56 km2.


Colombe Pelletier

Colombe Pelletier, pianist, accompanist, coach (born 12 May 1923 in Montreal, QC; died 11 April 2021 in Montreal). B MUS (Montreal) 1940, BA (Montreal) 1942, L MUS (École normale, Paris) 1952.