Mi’kmaq First Nation files land claim for vast portion of New Brunswick
The Elsipogtog Mi’kmaq First Nation is laying claim to a large parcel of land in southeastern New Brunswick.
The land claim, filed in provincial court on Wednesday by first people’s lawyer Bruce McIvor, covers roughly one third of the province. Read the rest of this entry
RCMP, Tobique in showdown over medicinal marijuana
by Tom Fennario, APTN National News, October 12, 2017
Maliseet in New Brunswick and the RCMP are at odds over whether the community of Tobique has the lawful ability to sell medicinal marijuana.
The issue came to a head on Oct. 5 when officers raided the offices of Tribal ReLeaf, a medicinal cannabis dispensary on Tobique First Nation. Read the rest of this entry
Tobique marijuana dispensary raid came close to ‘full-out conflict,’ chief says
Ross Perley says First Nation band sees RCMP raid on Tribal ReLeaf as an ‘attack’ on sovereignty
By Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon, CBC News, October 6, 2017
The chief of Tobique First Nation says the RCMP raid on the community’s new marijuana dispensary Thursday prompted a blockade that could have turned into a “full-out conflict.”
Ross Perley says Tribal ReLeaf, which opened in July, is 51 per cent-owned by the band and has the full support of band council as a “pain management centre.” Read the rest of this entry
Protest camp built on proposed site of Sisson mine project
First Nations protesters in N.B. planning to last the winter at the remote site of Sisson mine project
By Shane Fowler, CBC News, July 18, 2017
Members of Maliseet First Nations have started to build a protest camp at the proposed site of the Sisson mine near Napadogan.
Tents, campers, and other homemade structures have been set up in hopes of deterring future development of a proposed tungsten and molybdenum mine. Read the rest of this entry
Echoes of Oka: Trudeau minister says military involvement possible against oil pipeline resistance
by Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, December 2, 2016
Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr suggested Thursday Canada is prepared to deploy the military against anti-pipeline actions deemed “not to be peaceful,” raising the possibility the country could face a scenario last seen during the Oka Crisis in 1990. Read the rest of this entry
5 Maliseet chiefs want Sisson mine rejected
St. Mary’s, Tobique, Kingsclear, Oromocto, Madawaska chiefs respond to environmental assessment
By Alan White, CBC News, April 21, 2016
The chiefs of five Maliseet First Nations in New Brunswick are calling for the proposed Sisson mine project to be rejected because of its impact on Maliseet people.
The chiefs of Kingsclear, Madawaska, Oromocto, St. Mary’s and Tobique First Nations issued a statement on Thursday in reaction to a federal study that said the proposed mine would have a “significant” impact on several communities. Read the rest of this entry
SWN Resources pulls out of New Brunswick
CTV News, March 16, 2016
Houston-based subsidiary of Southwestern Energy, SWN Resources Canada has pulled its presence from the province of New Brunswick.
The oil and gas company issued a statement saying its Moncton office closed Wednesday, laying off two people, including manager of the N.B. project, Chad Peters.
Grand chief of Wolastoq council in New Brunswick says they’ll oppose risky pipeline
by APTN National News, February 5, 2016
FREDERICTON – The chief of the Wolastoq Grand Council in New Brunswick says the proposed Energy East pipeline project poses too great a risk to provincial waterways, and the council will oppose it.
Grand Chief Ron Tremblay says the council has called a news conference for Monday where clanmothers and other members of the council will discuss their responsibility to protect their non-ceded homeland. Read the rest of this entry
Maliseet First Nations ‘dismayed’ by Sisson Mine approval
New Brunswick needed to accommodate aboriginal rights before approving EIA, says lawyer
CBC News, Dec 16, 2015
A lawyer representing the six Maliseet First Nations in New Brunswick says the communities are “dismayed” to hear the province has issued environmental impact assessment approval to the Sisson Mine project before concluding aboriginal accommodation discussions with them.
“It was sudden and in our view, it was premature,” said Dominique Nouvet in an interview on Information Morning Fredericton on Wednesday. Read the rest of this entry