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Wolastoqew loggers face charges of unauthorized timber harvesting in New Brunswick – CBC

by ahnationtalk on August 21, 2019124 Views

First Nations forestry association says it’s prepared to fight for right to earn moderate livelihood

Aug 21, 2019

Three members of a First Nations firewood harvesting association are facing charges in New Brunswick provincial court Wednesday of illegally harvesting timber from Crown lands.

One of the men charged, Patrick Paul of St. Mary’s First Nation in Fredericton, was the subject of an investigation earlier this year by New Brunswick conservation officers.

At the time, Paul said he believed the officers were targeting his clients to eliminate the market for First Nations harvested firewood, and by not charging him, were deliberately disallowing him the chance to use Aboriginal rights in a court defence.

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