Blueberry River First Nations looking to stop industrial activity near land

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – In promises that date back to 1899, the Blueberry River First Nations are looking to enforce those promises they say have not been kept.

An injunction application was presented on Monday in B.C. Supreme Court according to The Globe and Mail.

They are looking to protect hunting, trapping and fishing rights that they claim were guaranteed by Treaty 8 close to 100 years ago.

Blueberry River First Nations lawyer Maegen Giltrow states that many parts of the territory land is “spoiled or unsafe”, according to the article.

She went on to say that the BRFN are located right in the thick of the oil and gas industry development and while they have been expressing concerns, none of those concerns are being addressed.

The injunction looks to stop the B.C. government from oil and gas activities, logging and other activities.

The BRFN are concerned about hunting availability. With all the work underway in the area, they fear that they will not have enough resources left to survive.

You can read the full article here: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/first-nations-fight-to-halt-resource-development-in-northeast-bc/article32608906/