New Brunswick’s Wolastoqey Communities File a New Version of Their Land Title Claim
New Brunswick’s six Wolastoqey communities have filed a new version of their title claim in the Court of Queen’s Bench.
Filed on Tuesday, November 30th, it focuses on corporations such as NB Power and J.D. Irving that they say exploit resources on their traditional lands.
The companies named in the claim operate on about 20% of the more than 50,000 square kilometers identified in the claim as traditional lands of the Wolastoqey in New Brunswick.
In their original claim filed in 2020, the communities were simply seeking title to the lands, while the new claim also seeks compensation from the Crown for allowing commercial operations on their traditional land.
The chiefs say a ruling in their favor would allow forestry to continue, as long as corporations had an agreement with the local First Nation.
Kingsclear Chief Gabriel Atwin says the title claim does not seek to displace New Brunswickers from their homes and farms.