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Court Rejects Site C Dam Appeal

/ 97.3 The Eagle

A First Nations challenge of the 8.8-billion-dollar Site C dam project in northeast B-C has been dismissed by the Federal Court of Appeal. Two First Nations — the Prophet River First Nation and the West Moberly First Nations — had appealed a Federal Court judge’s decision to deny their application for a judicial review of the project’s environmental approvals. The bands are among those who signed Treaty 8, an 1899 agreement that grants beneficiaries hunting, trapping and fishing rights within treaty territory. A panel of three Federal Appeal Court judges issued a unanimous decision upholding the earlier ruling, which found the environmental review process was not an appropriate venue to draw conclusions about treaty rights.

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