Supreme Court of Canada refuses to hear B.C. First Nations' Site C dam appeal
by CBC News
Prophet River and West Moberly First Nations argued approval of project violated treaty rights
Part of the Peace River valley will be flooded in order to build the Site C dam in northeastern British Columbia and two First Nations argue their treaty rights will be infringed if the project goes ahead. (BC Hydro)
The two First Nations say proper consultations were not carried out during the approval process and that adverse affects from flooding would significantly impair how they exercise their treaty rights.
The applications were dismissed with costs today.
As usual, the Supreme Court of Canada gave no reasons for its decision not to hear the cases.
The claims have been previously dismissed by the provincial Supreme Court of B.C. and the Federal Court of Appeal.
In their decision, the Federal Court of Appeal ruled the federal government is allowed to issue permits for projects like Site C without first discovering if the project violates treaty rights.