Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq grandmothers to launch land title claim against gas project – Advocate Daily

by ahnationtalk on April 18, 2019262 Views

HALIFAX — Three Indigenous women described as “grassroots grandmothers” who were arrested last week at a rural construction site north of Halifax have filed a title claim over land where a company plans to build a natural gas storage facility.

Their lawyer, Michael McDonald, told the Nova Scotia Supreme Court Wednesday the claim is based on the Treaty of 1752 with the Crown.

“The notice of motion is for an aboriginal title claim for the lands currently being used by Alton Gas,” McDonald said.

He said an injunction would also be filed to prevent Alton Gas from doing further work along the Shubenacadie River at Fort Ellis while the title claim is being settled.

Meanwhile, McDonald’s clients — Darlene Gilbert, Madonna Bernard and Paula Isaac — signed a court order to abide by a temporary injunction that bars protesters from the work site.

Justice Gerald Moir scheduled Aug. 15 to consider the alleged breach of the temporary injunction by the three women, while four dates have been set aside in December for the motion on the title claim.

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