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Tribunal rules downtown Edmundston is on Maliseet First Nation land – CBC

by ahnationtalk on December 1, 2017239 Views

Madawaska First Nation fought for recognition of land claim for more than 20 years

Nov 30, 2017

A First Nation in northwestern New Brunswick is celebrating a hard-fought legal victory in its claim to land encompassing most of downtown Edmundston.

Canada’s Specific Claims tribunal said Wednesday that the Madawaska Maliseet First Nation’s claim to the 3,900 acres, or more than 1,575 hectares, was valid.

The band has been fighting for this recognition since 1996.

The independent tribunal, established in 2008, is a joint initiative of the federal government and Assembly of First Nations for resolving monetary claims made by First Nations more expeditiously.

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