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Natives want rights to Crown timber

FREDERICTON, N.B. -- Three more parties have been added to a complicated New Brunswick court appeal over the right...


FREDERICTON, N.B. — Three more parties have been added to a complicated New Brunswick court appeal over the right of provincial natives to harvest wood on Crown land.

This week, Judge Joseph Daigle accepted a submission from the Union of New Brunswick Indians, the New Brunswick Aboriginal Peoples Council and the attorney general of Nova Scotia to be considered as interveners in the case.

The interveners will now have standing during a Sept. 16-20 Court of Appeal hearing into a decision that fined a Mi’kmaq man for taking wood from Crown land.

Historical treaties were ruled irrelevant in Judge Denis Lordon’s 50-page decision which found Joshua Bernard, 21, of Miramichi guilty of possession of Crown timber and fined him the minimum $250 and taxed him $50.

Bernard was charged in May 1998 with possession of Crown timber after authorities stopped a loaded logging truck in Northumberland County.


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