Times Colonist

First Nation band sues Alberta

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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.

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