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      ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS
      Transmitted by CNW Group on : December 5, 2008 13:55

      Roger Augustine Elected Assembly of First Nations' Regional Chief of New
      Brunswick/Prince Edward Island

      OTTAWA, Dec. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - National Chief Phil Fontaine is pleased to
      announce that Roger Augustine, of Eel Ground First Nation (Miramichi), has
      won
      election by the Assembly of New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island Chiefs to
      become Regional Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (representing
      NB/PEI).
      Regional Chief Augustine was most recently Chief of Staff to the
      National
      Chief Fontaine, where he was instrumental in a number of key initiatives -
      the
      most important being the co-drafting of the new federal Specific Claims
      Tribunal Act - a much needed overhaul of the claims process.
      Prior to his across-Canada experience with the National Chief, Regional
      Chief Augustine rose to prominence in his role as Chief and Peace-Maker
      during
      New Brunswick's 'War in the Woods', the fishery dispute at Burnt Church, and
      the implementation of the Supreme Court of Canada's Marshall decisions -
      which
      rulings upheld local First Nations' traditional rights to a food fishery. It
      was during this period that Roger convened the Center For Indigenous
      Environmental Resources (CIER) -- bringing-in speakers of the stature of
      Robert Kennedy Jr. (Riverkeepers); Mathew Coon Come (Grand Council of the
      Crees of James Bay); and Daniel Ashini (Innu Nation) - thereby providing a
      diplomatic forum for easing tensions through hearing about other
      settlements.
      He remains Chair of the CIER.
      Regional Chief Augustine co-chaired the Miramichi Bay Community
      Relations
      Panel (with Mr. Justice Richard) called 'Building Bridges - Communities at a
      Crossroad': The Panel was impressed by the degree of untapped goodwill
      existing in the non-native fishery communities towards the First Nations
      people of Burnt Church.
      For 10 years, he was a Commissioner on the Specific Claims Commission -
      the key tribunal mandated to facilitate the resolution of First Nation land
      issues and disputes.
      "As Regional Chief, my goal is to chart a "First Nations Safe Water
      Strategy" focusing on the protection of provincial watersheds and coastal
      areas - in an effort to reconcile First Nation uses with other users," said
      Regional Chief Augustine. "This will be a joint NB/PEI initiative that the
      AFN
      considers central to enhancing the environmental integrity of the region.
      "I am also prioritizing the AFN's Corporate Challenge Program, and
      intend
      to reach out to the resources sector in promoting First Nations commercial
      partnerships, jobs and training. This is entirely within the spirit of the
      Kelowna Accord - which was signed by the Premiers of the major resource
      producing provinces."
      Regional Chief Augustine was instrumental in forging the first such
      precedent in New Brunswick - Eagle Forest Products -- whereby the First
      Nations consortium held a 10% interest in a state-of-the-art OSB facility -
      employing First Nation members and paying dividends.
      Regional Chief Augustine will be based at Eel Ground First Nation (where
      he was formerly Chief) and will be soliciting funding for both the a) First
      Nations Safe Water Strategy and b) the pursuit of new Corporate Challenge
      partnerships - showing the rest of Canada the true New Brunswick and PEI
      advantage: when First Nations, Governments, and Industry work in the spirit
      of
      collaboration and mutual respect.

      The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing
      First Nations citizens in Canada.



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      /For further information: Roger Augustine, AFN Regional Chief NB/PEI,
      Assembly of First Nations, (506) 627-4603, Cell: (506) 625-7878, bb:
      xchief@..., augustin@.../
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