Treaty 6 Territory, Saskatoon, SK – The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Executive applauds the recent Federal Court of Appeal ruling that overturned the federal government’s approval of the Northern Gateway pipeline project because there was a lack of government consultation with First Nations.

The Northern Gateway pipeline was to run from Bruderheim, AB located near Edmonton to Kitimat BC. Last summer, the federal Government, under then prime minister Harper, approved the project to proceed with the 209 conditions as stipulated by the National Energy Board.

The matter was taken to the Federal Court of Appeal last fall, and the ruling came in on June 30.

“For years First Nations have called for meaningful and comprehensive consultations to ensure First Nation interests and concerns with respect to the environment are met when government and industry are planning projects that cross through our traditional Treaty territories,” said FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron. “Last week’s Federal Court of Appeal ruling is another legal example of the affirmation of our Inherent and Treaty Rights to the land. This legal decision also supports the First Nation claim that the 1930 Natural Resources Transfer Agreement was completed without proper consultation with the Inherent right holders to the land, First Nations. When will governments realize and accept that First Nations must be included especially in the area of natural resources and its development.”

“We expect the federal and provincial governments to live up to their Duty to Consult and accommodate on all matters that affect First Nations. The governments spend millions and millions of dollars taking up legal challenges that could be avoided by sitting down and consulting with the people who have an inherent right to the land,” said Chief Cameron. “Additionally, we will be making sure First Nations fully participate in and receive an equitable share of resource royalties, jobs and economic spin offs these types of projects will create.”

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