The six Wolastoqey communities in New Brunswick today filed a notice to take the federal and provincial governments to court to recognize Aboriginal title to our land in and around the Wolastoq (St. John River) and its watershed.
We never surrendered these lands and the Crown recognized our ownership of these lands in treaties they signed with us as far back as 1725.
If the courts rule in our favour, governments will no longer be able to sell and profit from our land without our consent. This is what the Crown was supposed to have done all along as per the signed nation to nation agreements in the treaties.
Seeking justice through the courts was not out first option but every attempt at negotiation has been rebuffed. Governments have ignored us and refused to negotiate with us in good faith. We would have preferred to settle based on the signed treaties, but we have been left with no other choice but to go to court.