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New Brunswick Indigenous lawsuit ‘unprecedented in this country,’ says lawyer – Saltwire

December 8, 2023

Wolastoqey Nation wants certification of its title-claim lawsuit, but counsel for those affected want the court to strike down the motion

SAINT JOHN, N.B. — Hugh Cameron raised a big white binder several inches thick with both hands in the air and let it drop to the courtroom table in front of him with a thud.

The lawyer representing Acadian Timber wanted to emphasize to the judge in front of him on Wednesday that it would be absurd to force the company and several other tree-cutting firms to provide a Wolastoqey Nation lawsuit to prospective buyers of their land or lenders who need property as collateral.

The Wolastoqey Nation wants its traditional Indigenous territory back that encompasses all western New Brunswick and has filed legal proceedings against the big tree-cutting firms, seeking certificates of pending litigation.

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