On Aboriginal Veterans Day, New Brunswick Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Ed Doherty met with federal Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett and chiefs from the Mi’kmaq and Maliseet First Nations in Fredericton Monday to advance co-operation on tripartite issues.

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

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“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.”

From left: New Brunswick Southwest MP Karen Ludwig; federal Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett; Families and Children Minister Stephen Horsman; and Service New Brunswick Minister Ed Doherty, who is also minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs.

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

Aboriginal Veterans Day is commemorated on November 8. As many as 12,000 Canadian Aboriginal peoples served in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War,