Wolastoqey chiefs accuse N.B. Power of scuttling negotiations over Mactaquac dam refurbishment – CBC

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Wolastoqey chiefs accuse N.B. Power of scuttling negotiations over Mactaquac dam refurbishment – CBC

by ahnationtalk on September 21, 202238 Views

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Sep 21, 2022

Wolastoqey chiefs in New Brunswick say a land title claim they filed is being used as justification for N.B. Power providing less compensation to their communities over a massive planned upgrade to the Mactaquac dam and generating station.

The narrowing of negotiating terms signals a step back in talks that have been underway for years and smacks of political interference by the provincial government, said St. Mary’s First Nation Chief Allan Polchies Jr., who spoke to CBC News on behalf of the five other Wolastoqey chiefs.

“It’s unfortunate that N.B. power, you know, is narrowing the terms of reference of the negotiations based on a claim that we rightfully have,” said Polchies, who’s part of the Wolastoqey Nation in New Brunswick, the group in negotiations with N.B. Power.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/wolastoqey-new-brunswick-mactaquac-nb-power-1.6589011

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