Energy East, the New Brunswick Chiefs, and Angie Leonard’s proposal – Media Co-op
KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) — Internal documents obtained by the Halifax Media Co-op suggest that something has gone very wrong with the Aboriginal consultation file in New Brunswick over Trans Canada’s proposed Energy East pipeline. Internal rifts and mistrust over the Energy East file within the Assembly of First Nations Chiefs in New Brunswick Inc (AFNCNB) – an incorporated body that claims consultative authority of several First Nations communities in New Brunswick – may also explain a recent meltdown of the organization, whereby over the past several months numerous First Nations communities in New Brunswick have opted to leave the consultative umbrella of the AFNCNB and either ‘go it alone’ in consultative activities, or tentatively form their own alliances.
All of this ‘consultation talk’, of course, is related to the Canadian government’s ‘duty to consult’, which is triggered when, according to the federal department of Aboriginal Affairs: “the Crown contemplates conduct that might adversely impact potential or established Aboriginal or Treaty rights.”
Docs show pipeline communication block led to organizational meltdown
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