Sask. First Nation Sues Canada, Province Over Potash, Oil Properties – Postmedia News

by NationTalk on January 11, 2012617 Views

Sask. First Nation sues Canada, province over potash, oil properties


REGINA — The George Gordon First Nation is suing the federal and provincial governments for $10 billion it claims it is being “cheated out of” potash and oil developments.

In the suit served on the government on Tuesday, the First Nation alleges Canada and Saskatchewan improperly denied it access to billions of dollars worth of potash and oil and gas lands through misconduct by both levels of government throughout the George Gordon Treaty Land Entitlement Settlement Agreement process. The agreement was entered into by all three parties on Aug. 11, 2008.

“The general tenor of the lawsuit is that George Gordon First Nation, like many First Nations in Saskatchewan, are still owed land by Canada and Saskatchewan and before disposing of valuable oil and gas or potash lands to third parties . . . that there’s an obligation on the governments to find out from the First Nations whether they are interested in acquiring those lands first, which they did not do,” said Jeffrey R. W. Rath, an Alberta-based lawyer, who is representing the First Nation.

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