New Brunswick’s six Wolastoqey chiefs are calling on the province’s new commissioner on systemic racism to take a stand towards the provincial authorities’s ban on land acknowledgments.
Final week the province ordered authorities staff to cease referring to unceded or unsurrendered lands when talking at public conferences.
Legal professional Common Hugh Flemming stated the directive was in response to a lawsuit filed final yr by the Wolastoqey communities claiming possession of greater than 60 per cent of the province.
Tobique Chief Ross Perley stated Monday commissioner Manju Varma, who’s tasked with addressing systemic racism in New Brunswick, ought to intervene to ask the legal professional common to face down.
Reached in Moncton, Varma stated it was the primary she was listening to of the First Nations’ request.
She stated it might be irresponsible for her to remark till she has an opportunity to talk with the chiefs and the federal government.
New Brunswick stirs controversy, orders to cease Indigenous land acknowledgements
This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Oct. 18, 2021.
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