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Treaty 8 First Nations Head to Court to Fight for Their Treaty Rights

by ahnationtalk on April 23, 2015500 Views

BC Supreme Court Lawsuit Seeks to Block Site C Dam

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(April 22, 2015) – Three Treaty 8 First Nations consisting of Prophet River First Nation, West Moberly First Nations and the McLeod Lake Indian Band will appear in the Supreme Court of BC on Thursday this week, as hearings begin in their lawsuit against the BC government aimed at stopping the Site C Dam project.

The lawsuit, filed in November 2014, alleges that Site C infringes the First Nations’ Treaty Rights. The decision to issue an Environmental Assessment certificate while ignoring the impacts to the Treaty 8 First Nations was not justified and the First Nations are arguing the EA certificate quashed or set aside given these circumstances.

WHAT: There will be a respectful gathering on the courthouse steps before the hearings begin, with First Nations and environmental allies in attendance to support the Treaty 8 First Nations in their court challenge. Court proceedings will begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday morning.
WHEN: Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.
WHERE: Supreme Court of BC (Nelson St. Entrance)
Nelson and Hornby Street, Vancouver

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WHO: West Moberly First Nations Leadership
Prophet River First Nation Leadership
McLeod Lake Indian Band Leadership
Environmental Allies and Supporters

Those interested in helping can donate at:

A new legal defence fund for the Nations’ legal challenges against Site C Dam is being developed. The Treaty 8 nations are working with RAVEN – a Victoria-based charitable organization that raises funds to assist First Nations who enforce their rights and title to protect their traditional territories.

Contact Information

Jeff Richert


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