The Government of New Brunswick’s relationship with First Nations is of the utmost importance. I am proud of the work my department is doing each day, including on ways to improve our relationship with First Nations. This work includes making sure the Duty to Consult process is clear, is carried out in a transparent manner and respects First Nations’ rights as established by the courts.
In July 2021, the Department of Aboriginal Affairs was directed to lead a whole-of-government approach to consultation with First Nations. Since then, considerable work has been undertaken within the department to establish the proper tools and procedures to support this new model. The goal of this approach is to ensure that the Honour of the Crown is maintained through consistent application of the Duty to Consult process.
Hon. Arlene Dunn
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs