FREDERICTON – September 29, 2020 – Following yesterday’s swearing-in of
Members of the 60th Legislative Assembly, the six Chiefs of the Wolastoqey Nation in New Brunswick are expressing their sincere appreciation for the continued display of support they’ve received from Jake Stewart, the re-elected MLA for Southwest Miramichi-Bay du Vin.
“By choosing to swear his oath of office on a sacred eagle feather, Mr. Stewart has shown yet again the respect and admiration that he has for the Wolastoqey people,” said Woodstock First Nation Chief Tim Paul.
The eagle feather holds great significance in Indigenous cultures across North America, and often symbolize honour, bravery, and strength.
The eagle feather was first introduced as an option for oath swearing and affirmations in New Brunswick’s provincial court system in 2018, an initiative announced by Mr. Stewart during his tenure as the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs.
“The Premier will be announcing his new cabinet today and we believe that Mr. Stewart should remain as the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs,” continued Paul. “Should this end up not being the case, my fellow Chiefs and I are calling for the minister responsible, whomever that may be, to show the same respect and the willingness to work together that Mr. Stewart has shown over the course of the last two years.”
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