NB Green Party says governments forced First Nations seek land title declaration


New Brunswick's Green Party says its time the province has serious discussions about land rights.

In a media release Tuesday, David Coon calls on Premier Blaine Higgs to open negotiations with Indigenous leaders in an effort to avoid, what he calls, a costly and unnecessary legal battle that would likely end up in front of the Supreme Court.

Coon's comments come a day after Wolastoquey chiefs announced  they were taking legal action to secure their title to traditional lands in western New Brunswick.

He says the the refusal of successive governments to recognize and implement land and resource rights has forced First Nations to turn to the courts.

Coon says governments have shunned any attempt by First Nation leaders to negotiate the implementation of land and treaty rights even though cabinet ministers have publicly acknowledged their lands were never ceded.