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Category: Human rights

The Beaver Lake Cree have documented 20,000 treaty rights violations in the face of tar sands expansion.

The Beaver Lake Cree have filed a constitutional challenge to oil sands expansion based on the 1982 Constitution and recent Canadian court precedents, arguing that the cumulative impacts of development within the band’s core territory will leave them with no meaningful way to exercise their constitutionally-guaranteed treaty rights.

Under Treaty 6, the Beaver Lake Cree are guaranteed the right to hunt, trap and fish on their traditional lands in perpetuity. The oil sands developments threaten their traditional way of life by destroying the very habitat upon which the animals and fish depend.

Further reading:

See the Statement of Claim

Beaver Lake Cree First Nation website

Nobel Women’s Initiative, 2012