FREDERICTON – Premier David Alward said the provincial government is committed to respectful communication and full engagement with First Nations.
“This partnership is essential on many levels as we rebuild New Brunswick and its economy,” said Alward. “Our government will ensure First Nations play their rightful role and reap their rightful benefits from this partnership.”
The current discussion regarding the potential for the oil and gas sector in New Brunswick is a good example of the importance of the government’s relationship and dialogue with First Nations.
The Assembly of First Nations’ Chiefs in New Brunswick has declared, in a recent press release, “its strong commitment to the well-being of Mi’gmag and Wolastoqiyik children and families throughout this province.” In addition, the assembly has stated that they “will work with government and industries who care for the environment and who will develop those resources responsibly with us”, and “we will share fully in the benefits those resources provide.”
“I share those goals and these commitments with our First Nations peoples,” said Alward. “Building capacity with First Nations, improving communication and sharing the benefits of resource development, are all objectives of this government.”
Using the best evidence by integrating scientific knowledge with traditional knowledge, will inform any decisions going forward.
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