The Canadian Press, December 11, 2018:
An Alberta First Nation is suing the province over development approvals that the band says threaten sacred land the government has promised to protect.
“We will not stand idly by and let the area be destroyed,” Jim Boucher, chief of the Fort McKay First Nation, said in a release.
Fort McKay, a community of 800 about 80 kilometres from Fort McMurray, is surrounded by open-pit oilsands mines on three sides. The closest is within four kilometres.
Band members have long considered the pristine area around Moose and Namur lakes, west of the community, their last refuge for traditional hunting, trapping and berry-picking. The lawsuit argues there has been so much development in the region _ from energy exploration to forestry to agriculture _ that Moose Lake is all Fort McKay has left.
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