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Appeal court reverses rare advance cost award to Alberta First Nation – CBC

by ahnationtalk on June 30, 202073 Views

Beaver Lake Cree Nation says it will have to make ‘hard decisions’

Jun 30, 2020

The province’s highest court has overturned an order that would have required the provincial and federal governments to pay advance legal costs to an Alberta First Nation fighting for control of its traditional lands.

For more than a decade, Beaver Lake Cree Nation has been embroiled in a court battle over what it argues are the cumulative effects of industrial development, mainly oil and gas wells, on its traditional land and way of life.

The First Nation, about 200 kilometres northeast of Edmonton, has an on-reserve population of about 400 people.

The appeal court’s reversal means Beaver Lake Cree Nation will have to make difficult decisions, said Crystal Lameman, government relations advisor and treaty co-ordinator.

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