Saskatchewan Metis News –
SASKATOON, SK, Sept. 9, 2020 /CNW/ – The Métis Nation – Saskatchewan (“MN-S”) has filed a claim against NexGen Power Ltd. (“NexGen”) (TSX: NXE; NYSE MKT: NXE) in the Court of Queen’s Bench for Saskatchewan bringing up that NexGen is in breach of its responsibilities below the Observe Agreement that used to be signed between NexGen and MN-S (including on behalf of the Locals of MN-S Northern Jam II). MN-S efforts are being led by MN-S Northern Jam II management, with the stout strengthen of MN-S President Glen McCallum and the MN-S govt.
MN-S is in the hunt for from the Court: a declaration that NexGen is in breach of its responsibilities to barter an Impact Attend Agreement (“IBA”) with MN-S in supreme religion and on a finest efforts basis; an interlocutory injunction restraining NexGen from filing its draft environmental affect assertion in admire of the Rook 1 Mission (the “Mission”); damages; and costs.
The Mission is found throughout the guts of MN-S Northern Jam II and the Métis Northwest Land Claim. Métis of us direct a majority or design-majority of the doubtlessly impacted population. In 2018, Canada agreed to a process to handle the Northwest Land Claim.
MN-S and MN-S Northern Jam II management are concerned that the Mission can relish foremost and long-lasting impacts on Métis communities, Métis lands, and Métis rights and custom, namely in MN-S Northern Jam II.
Leonard Montgrand, Regional Director of MN-S Northern Jam II, acknowledged:
“We are concerned that NexGen is transferring forward with the Mission with out first assembly its responsibilities below the Observe Agreement.
The Mission goes to be colossal and need to affect our communities, custom, lands and rights for generations, and in solutions we is now not any longer going to take dangle of or note for years to return. This can additionally strip away a key helpful resource from the Northwest Claim and hasten away a unsafe legacy. NexGen’s commitments to barter an IBA below the Observe Agreement offered a possibility for us to work together for mutual profit, and in a manner that would admire, provide protection to and design Métis rights and pursuits and the correctly being and wellbeing of the communities in MN-S Northern Jam II.
We are disappointed by NexGen’s behaviour and how issues relish labored out. I used to be namely upset when they refused to meet with us if we had counsel or advisors recent. That form of attitude is offensive, paternalistic and has no build in 2020. Given no other possibility, we agreed to meet on these troubling terms, since we believed it used to be severely vital that they note how the Mission will affect our lands, communities, and rights. That assembly, and the occasions round it, extra reinforced our concerns with NexGen’s behaviour to-date.
We are asking the Court to end NexGen from making its regulatory filings except it has met its Observe Agreement responsibilities.”
MN-S President Glen McCallum acknowledged:
“The Observe Agreement affords a pathway to present protection to and design the rights and pursuits of Métis in MN-S Northern Jam II and to get alternatives to collaborate via a doubtlessly long and no longer easy regulatory process. NexGen’s behaviour to-date raises serious concerns as to whether those objectives and alternatives can tranquil be accomplished.
MN-S is committed to holding Métis rights, pursuits, and lands in Saskatchewan, and ensuring governments and proponents dwell up to their guarantees. The rights and concerns of Saskatchewan Métis were marginalized for too long. The Government of Saskatchewan has encouraged this design via its unconstitutional 2010 First Nation and Métis Consultation Policy Framework, which discourages or outrightly rejects consideration of Métis rights-primarily primarily based concerns. This need to, and need to, alternate.”
The Mission will probably be subjected to an environmental assessment performed by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, a federal company. In 2019, MN-S and the Government of Canada signed the “Metis Government Recognition and Self-Government Agreement”, which, among other issues, acknowledges that MN-S is remitted to direct the Métis of Saskatchewan.
SOURCE Métis Nation – Saskatchewan
Observe usual issue: http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/September2020/09/c9694.html
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