Land in New Brunswick Returned to Peskotomuhkati Tribe

The Peskotomuhkati tribe, based in Qonaskamkuk, or St. Andrews, New Brunswick, has received 2,500 acres along the Skutik, or St. Croix, River on behalf of the provincial government, reports Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. The act is an example of the effort between the two nations to work collaboratively to renew their relationship based on recognition, rights, respect, co-operation and partnership, which is recognized as key to achieving reconciliation with Indigenous people in Canada.

The land acquired includes Camp Chiputneticook, a 2,500-acre property in New Brunswick along the Skutik River, which is of cultural significance to the Nation. The Government of Canada provided the funding for the acquisition. The Nation has acquired the land and buildings from the Orser family, who have used it as their summer home for more than a century.

Along with the land comes a collection of artifacts of cultural significance for the Nation.

“We welcome this transaction,” said Peskotomuhkati Chief Hugh Akagi. “It is an opportunity for us and the Crown to implement the kind of landholding that reflects the traditional values of our nation and the intimacy between our people and the land. We want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the Orser family, owners of the Lodge, who for generations shared a long-standing relationship with the Peskotomuhkati. 2,500 acres of conservation forest will provide a unique opportunity to reconnect to our territory as native people. The spirit of this transaction is consistent with the Covenant Chain relationship our nation has had with the Crown for more than 250 years. Acquiring the lodge and collection is integral to setting the tone for the negotiations.”

“Today, we congratulate Chief Hugh and his community on another step forward on the journey of reconciliation,” said Carolyn Bennett for the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs following the announcement. “It’s an honour to join the community in celebrating ‎the preservation of Peskotomuhkati history and culture which will foster pride and a strong personal cultural identity for many generations to come.”

“Camp Chiputneticook and the Wabanaki artifacts are significant to the Peskotomuhkati Nation and they are an important part of the history of this region,” said Karen Ludwig, Member of Parliament for New Brunswick Southwest. “Today’s announcement is an important step towards preserving the Peskotomuhkati Nation heritage for future generations.”