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Armed with $65 million awarded following court victory on land claim, small First Nations has formed Blueberry River Resources
One year after winning a landmark legal case that gave it $65 million and control over 38,000 square kilometres (14,670 square miles) overlapping much of B.C.’s nascent natural gas fields and infrastructure, a small First Nation in northern B.C. is getting down to business.
The Blueberry River First Nations (BRFN) has established a new enterprise, Blueberry River Resources. The idea is to create economic growth for the community, including outside of its boundaries.
“BRFN was rewarded $35 million dollars for land restoration from the Cumulative Damages Claim,” said a statement from its Chief and council.
“We believe the best way to invest this money is through creating a restoration business outside of the nation.”