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First Nations chiefs divided in approach to shale gas –

Elsipogtog withdrew from Assembly of First Nation Chiefs of New Brunswick to fight for injunction

Nov 20, 2013

A split in the aboriginal strategy on shale gas has emerged through the legal battle between Elsipogtog First Nation and the province.

Elispogtog pulled out of the Assembly of First Nation Chiefs of New Brunswick and challenged the province and SWN Resources Canada in court this week in an attempt to have shale gas exploration suspended in its historic territory.

The federal and provincial governments recognize the Assembly of First Nations Chiefs of New Brunswick as their official negotiating partner on various aboriginal rights issues in New Brunswick. Despite the similarity in name, the New Brunswick group of chiefs has no formal affiliation with the Assembly of First Nations, which is a body of First Nations chiefs in Canada.

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