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First Nations have right to resources, Atleo says‎ –

by NationTalk on January 25, 2012573 Views

First Nations have right to resources, Atleo says

Not mere stakeholders in development, national chief says

By Laura Payton, CBC News Posted: Jan 25, 2012

First Nations are more than just stakeholders and have rights to resource development that must be recognized, Shawn Atleo said Wednesday.

The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations says the chiefs who met with Prime Minister Stephen Harper Tuesday told him they have real rights through their treaties when it comes to pipeline and mining projects.

“Right now, government feels that through their actions and through their regulatory processes and licences that First Nations are simply stakeholders,” Atleo said.

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