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Moncton - Atlantic aboriginal chiefs rejected a New Brunswick offer yesterday to allow natives to cut wood on 5 per cent of the province's Crown lands. The Firts Nations' Atlantic Policy Congress said aboriginals should be given access to at least 15 per cent of the land. They also gave a lukewarm reception to a call by Chief Robert Levy of Big Cove for aboriginals to expand their involvment in forestry beyond logging to owning sawmills and building homes on their reserve. Kevin Augustine, a Big Cove band councillor, said the plan would save governments millions of dollars in social assistance and employment insurance.