A Northeast BC First Nation is suing the province for alleged breaches of its treaty.
The Blueberry First Nations argues that unprecedented industrial development in its traditional territory means members can no longer practice their way of life.
Chief Marvin Yahey fears that things will only get worse with what he calls the LNG goldrush in Blueberry’s territory.
Lawyer John Rich says plans by Progress Energy to extract natural gas for the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG project on the North Coast would result in 6000 new wells alone.
The lawsuit asks the BC Supreme Court to prevent the BC government from continuing to violate the First Nation’s rights under Treaty 8.
The court action could have far-reaching effects as the BRFN claims traditional territory including the area of the Site C dam.
It is the first lawsuit regarding a breach of Treaty 8 on the basis of cumulative impacts of development.