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Role of a warrior explored

First Nations warriors have been front and centre at the anti-shale gas protests in Rexton in recent weeks, and earlier. In this interview with CBC News, Taiaiake Alfred of the University of Victoria explains a group that is largely a mystery to many of those outside of aboriginal communities.

Professor explains warriors play key role in indigenous communities

Just who are the native warriors. What is their role in the shale gas dispute. Harry Forestell speaks with Taiaiake Alfred ; He's a professor of indigenous governance at the University of Victoria. 5:49

First Nations warriors have been front and centre at the anti-shale gas protests in Rexton in recent weeks, and earlier.

The role of warriors is largely a mystery to many of those outside of aboriginal communities.

Taiaiake Alfred of the University of Victoria explains that warriors are seen as sacred protectors whose actions are directed more by hereditary chiefs, clan mothers and elders than by elected band chiefs and councils.

Click the video for the full interview.

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