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BR Carry Kettle Lawsuit – CP

by ahnationtalk on January 18, 201817 Views

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Jan 18, 2018 

A Saskatchewan First Nation is suing the province and Ottawa to regain some control over its traditional land.

A lawyer for the Carry The Kettle band says its territory in southern Saskatchewan has been whittled away by agricultural and industrial development.

Estella White says it will be the first time the courts have been asked to deal with how the spread of farming on the Prairies has affected treaty rights in the area.

There are almost three-thousand Carry the Kettle members in southeastern Saskatchewan.

The band claims almost all the southern part of the province as traditional territory and signed Treaty 4 in 1877.

White says the lawsuit doesn’t aim to displace farmers.

It argues that governments owe the band something for allowing a century of agriculture to take over land that the First Nation was supposed to be able to use.

Neither level of government has filed a statement of defence.

(The Canadian Press)

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