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

by ahnationtalk on August 28, 202372 Views

Aug. 28, 2023

FREDERICTON – 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 at the time 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.

“It is the responsibility of any premier and any government to protect the people of the province,” Higgs said in a statement. “Across more than half our province hundreds of thousands of New Brunswickers are at risk of having their property impacted by this unprecedented claim in which they have been denied any standing or representation.”

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