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Oct. 20 2013
Native leaders are warning that the violent clash between RCMP and the Elsipogtog First Nation – which last week saw police vehicles torched, rubber bullets fired and rocks thrown – is just the tip of the iceberg.
The protest against shale-gas exploration near the village of Rexton, N.B., took place as some aboriginal groups across the country are expressing frustration over being excluded from consultations, especially when it comes to resource development.
Last week’s incident is galvanizing native groups, which have been sending statements of solidarity to the East-Coast band.
On Sunday, the Grand Chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, Derek Nepinak, visited the community, just north of Moncton, to show his support. He attended a meeting and came out of it with the view that “people are resilient and people will heal.”
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