Western First Nations launch $3B lawsuit over aboriginal oil

Two western First Nations are launching a lawsuit over what they say is federal mishandling of the energy resources on their reserves.

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The Onion Lake and Poundmaker Cree bands are asking Federal Court to award $3 billion in damages.

They say the federal agency responsible for developing and regulating oil and gas reserves on aboriginal land has failed them badly.

In their statement of claim they accuse Indian Oil and Gas Canada of failing to promote and develop the resource.

The bands in Saskatchewan and Alberta also say the agency failed to protect energy resources under their lands from being drained by wells adjacent to them.

Statements of claim contain allegations that have not been proven in court.

The two First Nations are hoping other bands in the same position will join in their lawsuit.



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