Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Atlantic Audio 3:55 PM AT

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Atlantic Audio 3:55 PM AT

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AT04 - (NS-Gas-Project-Appeal)

HALIFAX. x-17s. Nova Scotia's premier is distancing himself from a government legal brief that implied members of a First Nations band are a conquered people. The brief is part of the government's case against the Indian Brook band's appeal of the province's approval of a plan by Alton Gas to store natural gas in caverns near the Shubenacadie River. Stephen McNeil, who is also minister of aboriginal affairs, says the government's intent was to show in court that it did consult with the band.

("...a government.") (SOURCE:The Canadian Press)

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TAG: The government brief says the Crown's obligation to consult extended only to "unconquered people." It says the band's "submission" to the Crown in 1760 negated its claim of sovereignty and negated government's constitutional duty to consult. …

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