A Wolastoq chief says he brought his objections to the proposed Sisson mine in central New Brunswick all the way to New York for a United Nations caucus meeting.
Wolastoq Grand Chief Ron Tremblay and Peskotomuhkati Nation at Skutik (Passamaquoddy) Chief Hugh Akagi said they brought six young people from different First Nations along for the first time to attend the a UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues last week.
Tremblay said individuals haven’t been able to speak directly on the forum floor for a few years, but he still shared his frustrations with the New Brunswick and federal governments with the international Indigenous communities at four caucus and side meetings.
Northcliffe Resources Ltd. was expected to start on its controversial tungsten mine this spring but said earlier this month that it was still looking after requirements attached to the federal approval of the project.
Tremblay suggested that Northcliffe and mine supporters didn’t follow the proper process with respect to consulting First Nations. “They fast-tracked the Sisson project and they just dealt specifically with the band-elected chiefs and they have not consulted with the traditional chiefs nor with the citizens of our nation,” he said.
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