Mi’gmaq communities clarify plans for former CBC property

PRESS RELEASE

FORT FOLLY, NB - Approximately two years ago, six Mi’gmaq communities in New Brunswick – Fort Folly, Eel Ground, Eel River Bar, Metepenagiag, Indian Island and Buctouche – came together to purchase the former CBC properties in Aulac, New Brunswick. Chief Rebecca Knockwood of Fort Folly First Nation has taken the lead on this venture on behalf of the group.

The communities have decided that before any development takes place, the property needs to be designated as reserve land. There are a number of steps that need to be undertaken before the reserve designation is received. An initial step in the process includes writing to municipalities and other third parties to inform them of the intention to designate the land as reserve land, explain the process going forward, and see if those parties have any concerns. The entire process could take up to another two years but the chiefs are considering options for the land.

“This area, Signigtig, holds cultural and historical significance to the Mi’gmaq. Considering the location of the lands, we recognize there is potential to see some development of those lands. However, no decisions have been made as to what that development will look like. More environmental assessments will need to be undertaken to ensure the land and surrounding environment is protected,” said Chief Rebecca Knockwood.

The Chiefs are open to speaking with groups who are interested in discussing proposed ideas for theproperty. Any proposals should be directed to Tracy Cloud at tracyanne@migmawel.org.

For inquires contact:

Jennifer Coleman, Director of Policy and Operations

Mi’gmawe’l Tplu’taqnn

(506) 455 1881

jennifer@migmawel.org