After years of negotiations got them nowhere, last year, the Wolastoqey nations of New Brunswick filed a legal claim for title to their traditional lands. Those lands cover almost 60 percent of the province. With no response forthcoming, last week they upped the ante, taking the rare step of including corporations in the claim, including some of New Brunswick's biggest companies.
The premier has responded by telling citizens that the lawsuit may involve them losing their land and houses—which the chiefs explicitly deny in the text of the claim. And now, with the long standing acrimony between the province and First Nations in NB, a long, bitter and potentially historic fight looms.
GUEST: Angel Moore, Atlantic region video journalist, APTN