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Métis Nation-Saskatchewan granted judicial review to challenge province –

by ahnationtalk on March 27, 202325 Views

We would have preferred to collaborate rather than pursue legal avenues: MN-S.

SASKATOON — Saskatchewan Court of Appeal has ruled that Métis Nation-Saskatchewan can seek a judicial review on whether the province has breached the duty to consult with Métis when granting exploration permits to NexGen Energy for the Rook 1 project in the northwestern part of the province.

However, the three-judge panel made it clear in their unanimous ruling March 20 that granting the judicial review did not mean MN-S has established it has the right to be consulted.

“My conclusion that MNS’s originating application may proceed in its original form does not mean that it has established that Saskatchewan owed a duty to consult with respect to the impact of the Permit and associated exploration activities in all the rights it asserts. Rather, I have simply decided that MNS may advance claims that it has identified in that commencement document by way of its originating application,” wrote Justice Robert W. Leurer. His ruling was fully supported by Justices Richards and Tholl.

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