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Conflict in New Brunswick is "only natural:" Queen's University expert


University Global Development Studies professor Bob Lovelace is available to comment on the ongoing dispute between SWN Resources Canada and members of the public concerned with land used for shale gas exploration. Last week, the RCMP moved in on protestors who had been on Route 134 in Rexton, New Brunswick, preventing SWN Resources Canada from accessing the area.

“Conflict between Aboriginal people and Crown governments will continue until politicians understand they have legal responsibilities, moral obligations and partnership agreements with Indigenous Nations,” says Professor Lovelace, a retired Ardoch Algonquin First Nation chief. “The prosperity of Canadians depends on rethinking the colonial attitudes that undermine trust and goodwill.  What has happened in New Brunswick is only natural.  It is what happens when injustice and ignorance are passed off as economic development and democracy.”

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