Duty to consult must include the right to say NO.
- Neither Alton Gas Storage LP, nor the Nova Scotian government adequately consulted local Mi’kmaq First Nations groups. Both Sipekne’katik and Millbrook First Nations have filed official appeals over this.
- By ignoring the duty to meaningfully and completely consult with the nearby First Nations, both the NS government and Alton Gas are actively ignoring these groups as autonomous governing bodies and as holders of treaty and title rights in Mi’kma’ki (Nova Scotia).
- If the Province allows Alton Gas to continue without proper consultation, engagement, or without respecting title and treaty rights of First Nations, they are actively ignoring the Federal government’s call for reconciliation.