OTTAWA, Oct. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National
Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo and AFN New Brunswick-Prince Edward Island
Regional Chief Roger Augustine called for immediate discussions with
representatives from all governments to resolve the issues surrounding
the shale gas protests in New Brunswick.
"The federal government, provincial government and First Nation
governments need to get together to discuss the very real issues and
concerns regarding development in general and shale gas and hydraulic
fracking specifically," said AFN National Chief Atleo. "This is about
governments respecting and recognizing First Nations rights and that we
have a right, as articulated in the UN Declaration on the Rights of
Indigenous Peoples, to free, prior and informed consent on any proposed
development that could affect our lands, our waters or our people. All
parties must commit to a sustained process of engagement to set
sustainable plans for responsible economic development that are
acceptable to all. This is the approach we want to see going forward
in all parts of the country."
A protest against shale gas and hydraulic fracking has been underway
near Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick for a number of weeks.
New Brunswick court has issued an injunction against the action though
the protest continues.
AFN New Brunswick-Prince Edward Island Regional Chief Roger Augustine
stated: "As First Nations, our preferred approach is to always resolve
issues through open, honest and respectful dialogue. At the
Crown-First Nation Gathering in 2012, the federal government committed
to work First Nations on issues related to natural resources, resource
revenue sharing and other initiatives in a way that achieves mutual
benefits for all involved. On Monday, we will mark the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation of 1763 that recognized our
rights to our lands. Now is the time to begin resolving this long
unfinished business so we can all move forward."
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SOURCE: Assembly of First Nations
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