First Nations logger says conservation officers are eliminating his market instead of laying charges – CBC

First Nations logger says conservation officers are eliminating his market instead of laying charges – CBC

by ahnationtalk on May 24, 2019441 Views

Firewood wholesaler says New Brunswick investigation violates his treaty rights

May 24, 2019

A Wolastoqew (Maliseet) logger who’s harvesting lumber from Crown land outside of provincial regulations says an investigation by conservation officers is violating his treaty right to earn a moderate livelihood.

Patrick Paul, 30, from St. Mary’s First Nation near Fredericton, N.B., has been running a wholesale firewood operation for three years. He works by himself, harvesting with a chainsaw and a logging tractor, 30 km north of his community.

Paul said he’s part of a group of 16 other First Nations entrepreneurs running similar operations. They’re calling themselves “Wabanaki Loggers” after the 17th century alliance of the Mi’kmaq, Wolastoqiyik, Peskotomuhkati, Abenaki and Penawapskewi peoples.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/nb-firewood-harvesters-moderate-livelihood-1.5139994

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