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Cree chief refuses to recognize contentious bill

Dec 21 2014 — Elise Stolte — Friday’s legal win means the Mikisew Cree now consider Ottawa’s omnibus budget bills null and void, warned Chief Steve Courtoreille Saturday. The wide-ranging bills, passed into law in June and December 2012, removed federal environmental oversight on most of the lakes, streams and rivers in the Mikisew Cree traditional territory in northeastern Alberta.

Ottawa wrong to ram through omnibus budget bills: judge

Dec 20 2014 — Elise Stolte — – Ottawa should have consulted with First Nations before introducing the two omnibus bills that helped spark the widespread 2012 Idle No More protests, a federal judge ruled Friday. Alberta’s Mikisew Cree First Nation took the Government of Canada to court over the bills. Their win will not affect the legislation that is already in […]