First Nation band sues Alberta
EDMONTON — A small First Nation band in northern Alberta has launched legal action against the Alberta government over continuing oilsands development in the region.
In a statement of claim filed yesterday, the Chipewyan Prairie First Nation alleges that it was not properly consulted when oilsands leases were acquired in its territory — an omission the band claims infringes on its constitutional rights.
“Nobody respects who we are,” Chief Vern Janvier said with tears in his eyes at a news conference. “There’s no consideration for us and there never has been.”
MEG Energy Corp. has several planned projects in the area.