Indigenous leaders warn of protests, halting developments over shale gas exemption
‘It is our job to ensure the protection of lands and waters for our future generations’: Chief Ross Perley
Top Indigenous leaders are warning that the Higgs government has made “a serious mistake” on shale gas that may reignite protests like those seen in the Rexton area in 2013.
They say the province’s duty to consult Indigenous people is clearly defined, and the government should have known how to proceed as it tries to restart the industry in one part of the province.
“It’s not as if this is all new,” said Roger Augustine, the regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. “The blueprint is there.”
“There’s a lot of case law,” said Chief George Ginnish of Natoaganeg First Nation. “There are…
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