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Old 09-09-2006, 06:51 PM   #1
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Elsipogtog First Nation Forestry Conflict Escalating

ATLANTIC POLICY CONGRESS
OF FIRST NATION CHIEFS
SECRETARIAT INC.
WWW.APCFNC.CA



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEWS RELEASE

Forestry Conflict Escalating

DARTMOUTH, N.S. – Thursday, September 7, 2006 – The Atlantic Chiefs express serious concern over the escalating conflict in New Brunswick forests between Mikmaq harvesters from Elsipogtog First Nation and enforcement officers from the province of New Brunswick.

Chief Susan Levy and members from Elsipogtog First Nation, the largest Mi’kmaq community in New Brunswick, after a series of meetings with federal and provincial officials, are trying to implement a community plan to harvest wood to help address the serious housing backlog in the community.

“Our member Chiefs are very concerned that no attention is being given to this issue. It has to come to a serious crisis,” noted APC Co-Chair Chief Stewart Paul of the Tobique First Nation.

“Chief Levy is taking a very reasonable approach to try and harvest wood for personal use based on a plan consistent with conservation and safety. She and her members are trying to address the housing situation that exists in her community as well as in all other First Nation communities in the Atlantic region,” stated Co Chair Chief Lawrence Paul of Millbrook.

Provinces and the federal government have a very critical role in addressing these issues in a manner that avoids violence and conflict. It is our belief that the Mikmaq, Maliseet and Passamaquoddy leaders and the provincial leaders of the political parties need to take a clear position on these important issues to ensure that all people in New Brunswick can co-exist in peace and friendship as promised by the treaties signed by our ancestors. The APC is asking the federal Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice and the Premier of NB to get involved in this important issue for the Mi’kmaq, Maliseet and Passmaquoddy peoples and all New Brunswickers.

The Atlantic Policy Congress is a policy research and advocacy group for the Mikmaq, Maliseet and Passamaquoddy peoples in Atlantic Canada and eastern Quebec.


For further information contact:

John G. Paul
Executive Director, APC
Phone: 1-877-667-4007
Fax: 902-435-8027
Cell: 902-830-5023

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On Friday, government officials took chainsaws and other forestry equipment away from individual cutters, in an attempt to stop them from selling their wood to the band. Later that day outside of Elsipogtog Forestry, protesters started to gather.
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Tonight on APTN National News Primetime an interview with my mother-in-law and my cousin Sarah was aired, along with other Elsipogtog First Nation band members on this conflict. Here is the news report from Youtube.com if anyone is interested in it. The housing here is inadequate, even some of the old apartment buildings are full of mold all in the walls. People are getting sick and there's nowhere else to go! Anyway here's the video:


and just the link in case the embed doesn't show up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71pGSlQEhYY

Sorry about the sound...You'll have to turn it up louder or plug in headphones.
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