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Onion Lake First Nation suing province over Sask. First Act, natural resource rights – Global News

April 14, 2023

Onion Lake Cree Nation has filed a lawsuit against the Saskatchewan government, claiming Bill 88, the Saskatchewan First Act infringes on inherent treaty rights.

The Saskatchewan government said the bill, which was passed in March, is intended to reassert the province’s control over its natural resources.

The nation is arguing it was enacted without input or consultation of Indigenous people, disregarding treaties.

Bill 88 is similar to Alberta’s Sovereignty Act, Bill 1, which seeks to protect Alberta from federal laws it deems unconstitutional.

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