First Nations launch challenge of Site C dam

Global News

VANCOUVER – A group of First Nations has filed a lawsuit over a massive hydroelectric dam proposed in northeastern British Columbia, arguing the project would have a devastating impact on their traditional land.

The Doig River, Prophet River, West Moberly and McLeod Lake bands, which are members of the Treaty 8 Tribal Association, want a Federal Court judge to quash Ottawa’s approval of the Site-C dam and prevent work from starting.

The $7.9-billion dam would be the third located on the Peace River and would flood 5,550 hectares of land. It would generate enough power for 450,000 homes.

The provincial and federal environment ministers each issued environmental certificates last month, concluding the adverse effects would be outweighed by the benefits of the dam.

But the bands’ application for judicial review, which names several federal ministers and BC Hydro, alleges Ottawa failed to adequately consider the potential impact on First Nations…

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