The First Peoples of New Brunswick are being conspicuously ignored, and their rights flagrantly violated and infringed as result of this new-drive to modernize and expand. Government "correspondence" now substitutes for "consultation"; industry pays "lip service" to aboriginal concerns and hopes to be left alone by First Nations in exchange for a donation to a sporting event or a modest scholarship allocation. ... Indian land title to New Brunswick remains unextinguished. ... we are reaching a point of no return in terms our exclusion from consultation with the province's self-sufficiency agenda.
First Nations are about to walk away from industries who do not take us seriously. We may have to revisit them in other forums in other ways. Currently New Brunswick has no consultation policy with First Nations sufficient to discharge its lawful obligations to discuss and, if required, accommodate, our concerns. Nor are there meaningful talks under way to fashion such a policy.