FREDERICTON (GNB) – Service New Brunswick Minister Ed Doherty, who is also the minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs, met with federal Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett and chiefs from the Mi’kmaq and Maliseet First Nations in Fredericton today to advance co-operation on tripartite issues.

“Our government recognizes and values the relationship it has with First Nations in New Brunswick,” said Doherty. “It is important that we all work together in a productive and open dialogue.”

The discussions were aimed at resolving outstanding issues relative to aboriginal rights, building the economy, land and other matters.

“We know that a lot of work lies ahead, and there may be some challenges along the way,” Doherty said. “We are hopeful we can begin to address these issues and move towards developing resolutions for the benefit of all parties.”

Following the meeting, Doherty and Bennett laid a wreath at the St. Mary’s First Nation cenotaph in honour of Aboriginal Veterans Day.