New Brunswick wants thousands of land owners excluded from Indigenous title claim

The Canadian Press in Global News
August 28, 2023
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada East

The attempt by the New Brunswick government to protect private property owners from a major land claim by a First Nation is “irresponsible,” say the chiefs who are advancing the claim for title to a large part of the province. Last week the provincial government filed a motion in Court of King’s Bench to exclude 250,000 homeowners and businesses from the title claim of the Wolastoqey Nation. Premier Blaine Higgs said that public statements by the First Nation that its claim wouldn’t affect smaller private landowners is not adequately reflected in the legal documents filed in court. …Higgs said, “Across more than half our province hundreds of thousands of New Brunswickers are at risk of having their property impacted in which they have been denied any standing.” …Chief of Bilijk First Nation (Kingsclear), accused Higgs of creating tensions between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations of New Brunswick.”

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