‘There was no land surrender’: Land under control of logging firms belongs to Wolastoqiyik, lawyer says

By John Chilibeck
The Saltwire Network
April 8, 2024
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada East

NEW BRUNSWICK — A lawyer for the Wolastoqey Nation has asked a judge to dismiss motions filed by J.D. Irving, Acadian Timber and H.J. Crabbe & Sons. They are among a couple of dozen companies that have been named in the lawsuit that own about 3.2 million acres of forested land in western New Brunswick. Renée Pelletier argued millions of acres under the firms’ control belong to Indigenous communities. Pelletier said although the Wolastoqey Nation considers the businesses “innocents” in the claim they are nonetheless in possession of property that is not rightfully theirs. “There was no land surrender.” …Besides those private lands, the Wolastoqey Nation also wants nearly five million acres of public property given back to it. The entire claim includes about 60% of New Brunswick’s territory. The judge reserved her decision on Friday. …The massive lawsuit is expected to take up to a decade unless a settlement is reached first.

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