Mi'kmaq urged to reclaim all Crown land

By CBC , Photo Credit Jennifer Choi/CBC

Band Council issues resolution in midst of shale gas dispute, plans reclamation day for Saturday

Mi'kmaq Band Council is urging it members to reclaim all Crown land in the midst of the shale gas dispute in New Brunswick.

It plans to hold a "reclamation day" on Saturday. "We will become steward of the land," a resolution issued on Wednesday states.

The resolution comes one month after First Nations people began an anti-shale gas protest near Rexton, which has since been relocated to across the street from the provincial legislature in Fredericton.

The band says it felt "compelled to act."

"Whereas we have lost all confidence in governments for the safekeeping of our lands held in trust by the British Crown; and whereas a notice of eviction from our Keptin has been totally ignored by the provincial government and Southwestern Energy (SWN Resources)," which was conducting seismic testing for shale gas near Rexton.

​"Today we have instructed all our people to go out and stake their claims for land they intend to occupy," it states.

People of Elsipogtog have received a form in the mail, asking them to sign up to become stewards, the resolution states.

 


Showing 6 reactions

  • Sheila McCrindle
    commented 2013-11-02 05:55:46 -0700
    So glad you are taking this stand. First Nations people are the best hope to protect the land for all people in Canada. Stay strong.
  • John Samuel
    commented 2013-11-01 19:52:33 -0700
    remember…… :a land claim can be- a fence post,a gate,a fire pit,
    :A claim in any form of registration gives up ownership.
    :There is no living sole that can claim against you.

    I got my eye on a beautiful spot,long as no one gets there first.
    Get out and be free.
  • Daniel Toney
    commented 2013-10-30 16:42:30 -0700
    Yea we hear the same old rederic about how Canadas tax payers pay for First Nations reservation ect….well what about the amount of non natives
    That have lived off welfare for generations? Thats the same thing, tax payers dime. So thanks to me paying taxes, a non native family gets free stuff to.
  • Daniel Toney
    commented 2013-10-30 16:38:02 -0700
    You should brush up on your treaties my friend, the Mi’kmaq nation never “sold” so called crown lands, you are referring the the numbered treaties which have nothing to do with Mi’kmaq and crown.
  • Daniel Toney
    commented 2013-10-30 16:38:02 -0700
    You should brush up on your treaties my friend, the Mi’kmaq nation never “sold” so called crown lands, you are referring the the numbered treaties which have nothing to do with Mi’kmaq and crown.
  • Chris Arseneau
    commented 2013-10-30 14:39:49 -0700
    Sorry, guys…..the first problem you have is it’s “Crown land” which you sold years ago. Trying to be as nice as possible but you have a TON of benefits because of it. Which “we” do not……if there is an issue you ned to work it out internally. Again, it’s not your land………it’s Canadian Tax payers land. This not only creates a ton of spin offs for the Maritime economy but businesses in the area. If you want to stay on reserve and do you thing feel free but…..Crown land is Crown land which we allow you to occupy. The Maritime economy needs it. We all don’t get tax breaks, hunt, fish, forest for free. Not trying to be rude but….it’s not always about you. Your ancestors decided this for you. You get TONS. Compliments of tax payers.