NDP Would Convene First Nations’ Chiefs Immediately

TOBIQUE FIRST NATION – While attending the Aboriginal Games at the Mah-sos School in Tobique First Nation, NDP Leader Dominic Cardy announced that an NDP government would sit down with the Chiefs immediately after taking office.

“We will convene a roundtable of the fifteen Chiefs to discuss the issues currently affecting the First Nations in our province,” Cardy said. “First and foremost, as a guarantee, an NDP government will make sure that all decisions on natural resource projects are subject to review, consultation and accommodation with First Nations.”

Cardy also said his party would fully examine and consider the 2012 report prepared by the Assembly of First Nations Chiefs in New Brunswick:  Restoring Hope for First Nations: A Plan to Break the Cycle of Poverty in New Brunswick’s First Nations Communities.

“This report has been ignored by the Conservatives and there has been no mention of support from the Liberals. Our First Nations deserve better. The new NDP will work with the Chiefs to address these issues.”

There are no costs associated with these commitments.