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Athabasca Chipewyan will wait to see how premier consults with community members
A First Nation in northern Alberta that is fighting a major oilsands expansion says it won’t decide what to do next until it sees how Premier Jim Prentice’s government consults with Aboriginal Peoples.
“We’re saying, ‘OK, let’s continue to address our concerns, because today we feel like nothing has happened to address our concerns,”‘ Eriel Deranger, spokeswoman for the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, said Thursday.
Last month, the band lost its application for a judicial review of federal Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq’s decision to approve Shell’s Jackpine project. The band had argued that despite holding several meetings with its members, Canada had failed to try to accommodate their concerns.
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