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November 16, 2023
ESKASONI — Eskasoni First Nation and the federal government have announced an ‘Addition to Reserve,’ expanding the First Nations community’s land base by 85.5 hectares. The land is just southeast of Eskasoni in the Benacadie/Castle Bay area.
The primary purpose of the land addition is to accommodate future commercial development, population increases, and economic growth. Eskasoni’s Chief Leroy Denny says the process of officially adding the land to the reserve after the land was initially donated to Eskasoni nine years ago in 2014 was relatively quick.
“Around ten years ago, once this land was donated to us, we said we want this to be reserve land,” said Denny. “It’s a lot of work; it’s a big process you have to go through for an addition to reserve land. It sometimes takes 15, 20, 25 years to go through the process, so this was really quick.”