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Mi’kmaq chief says Higgs falling short on shale gas consultations with Indigenous groups – CBC

Jun 30, 2022

Premier says he’s had ‘preliminary discussions’ with First Nations

Premier Blaine Higgs says he’s talking to First Nations about a possible revival of shale gas development in New Brunswick, but one Mi’kmaq chief suggests the province is already falling short on its duty to consult Indigenous people.

Natoaganeg First Nation Chief George Ginnish, who co-chairs the Mi’gmawe’l Tplu’taqnn Inc. group representing Mi’kmaq communities, first learned of Higgs’s outreach in a news report in May.

“The first I would have seen of that myself would have been in the media, so I’m not sure exactly where that is,” he told CBC News Wednesday.

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