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Listuguj chief says New Brunswick travel ban doesn’t consider ancestral rights – CBC

Premier Blaine Higgs says public health was considered when closing the border

Jul 10, 2020

The chief of Listuguj First Nation says New Brunswick didn’t consider the ancestral rights of the Mi’kmaq people when he imposed a travel ban between Quebec and New Brunswick.

Listuguj First Nation is on the Quebec side of the Restigouche River and have not been able to enjoy their usual access to Campbellton, just across the Van Horne Bridge, under emergency steps taken to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Darcy Gray said there needs to be a better understanding of the need for respect for First Nations and Indigenous people.

“You know this is our ancestral territory. There are rights that come with that, and there’s an approach I think comes with that and I think that’s being ignored.”

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