The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal upheld a ruling against a First Nation that wants to put an end to oil sands exploration on what it says is its traditional territory.
Last year a Court of Queen’s Bench judge ruled against the Buffalo River Dene Nation’s challenge of exploration permits issued to Scott Land and Lease. The First Nation had argued the permits were a violation of treaty rights and the policy of duty to consult was ignored.
The province has said the permits grant the company exclusive rights for exploration, but do not permit access to land or excavation.
The First Nation in question is in a remote area of boreal forest in northwestern Saskatchewan.
(Source: Global Regina)