Jaime Battiste is a law graduate from Dalhousie University, a resident of Eskasoni First Nation, and a member of Potlotek First Nation. Jaime is currently the Treaty Education Lead for Nova Scotia. Jaime is a published writer on Mi’kmaw laws, history, and knowledge. He has held positions as a professor, senior advisors, citizenship coordinator and Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief. He graduated from Dalhousie Law in 2004.
Jaime’s volunteer work over the years involves athletics, youth advocacy, community events, and advocacy for the Mi’kmaq Nation. Jaime is a member of the Aboriginal Sport Circle, a part owner of the Eskasoni Junior B Eagles. He also currently is a coach for the Eskasoni Eagles Might Divsision team in which his son plays for.
As a young man, Jaime Battiste served as the Nova Scotia Youth council representative to the Assembly of First Nation National Youth Council from 2001-2006. In 2005 National Aboriginal Healing Organization named him as one of the National Aboriginal Role Models in Canada. In 2006 as Chair of the Assembly of First Nations Youth Council he was one of the founding members of the Mi’kmaw Maliseet Atlantic Youth Council (MMAYC) an organization that represents and advocates for Mi’kmaw and Maliseet youth within the Atlantic. In 2018 Jaime was recognized with the sovereigns medal for volunteers. Jaime is the proud son of Marie Battiste and James Youngblood Henderson, both who have been awarded with National Aboriginal Achievement Awards.
Jaime knows and understands the priorities of his community. He will work tirelessly with Justin Trudeau and the Liberal team to support families and grow the middle class in his community.