First Nation appeals after losing bid for warning on mineral claims during TLE process – Regina Leader-Post

First Nation appeals after losing bid for warning on mineral claims during TLE process – Regina Leader-Post

by ahnationtalk on May 8, 2020131 Views

A First Nation north of Regina is appealing to Saskatchewan’s highest court after losing its bid to get inside information on mineral rights applications in a wide swath of Saskatchewan.

A Court of Queen’s Bench Justice concluded George Gordon First Nation was trying to get the “jump” on potash companies, but the lawyer representing the band countered that it simply wants royalties that would otherwise go to the province.

The First Nation first filed the claim in 2011. It was initially seeking $10 billion in damages and the cancellation of mineral rights held by mining giant BHP Billiton, which has permits and leases to almost 10,000 square kilometres northwest of the George Gordon reserve.

That could have affected the company’s proposed multi-billion Jansen potash mine. But George Gordon later walked back its claim, instead seeking a declaration upholding a duty to consult and damages to be determined by the court.

Read More: https://leaderpost.com/news/saskatchewan/first-nation-appeals-after-losing-bid-for-warning-on-mineral-claims-during-tle-process/

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