SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwired - Oct. 18, 2013) - The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) is closely monitoring the situation in Rexton, New Brunswick, where at least 40 people, were arrested by RCMP on Thursday October 17, 2013 after violence broke out during a peaceful protest.
"The safety and well-being of all parties involved are of paramount importance at this time. And our intentions for safety lie with the people from Elsipogtog First Nation and all those on site in New Brunswick right now," says FSIN Chief Perry Bellegarde. "We fully support and stand in solidarity with First Nations in their quest to protect lands and water. We call on the Province of New Brunswick and industry to respect and honour the duty to consult Aboriginal peoples and accommodate their concerns and respecting the rights and standards affirmed in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples including free, prior and informed consent as a minimum standard for engagement with indigenous peoples on matters of significant concern."
"We ask for a peaceful resolution through thoughtful, informed and committed dialogue from all parties concerned. We offer our support toward a peaceful solution to the events unfolding in New Brunswick and across our territories," concluded Chief Bellegarde.
The FSIN represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan. The Federation is committed to honouring the spirit and intent of Treaty, as well as the promotion, protection and implementation of the Treaty promises that were made more than a century ago.