January 16, 2018
BRITISH COLUMBIA-Two Treaty 8 First Nations have launched legal action in a bid to stop construction of the Site C dam.
The West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations filed two separate civil claims in B.C. Supreme Court Monday, naming the province, BC Hydro, and Canada’s attorney general as defendants. The two First Nations are seeking an injunction to halt work and further project approvals by both levels of government.
The two nations claim Site C, the third dam being built on the Peace River in B.C., violates their constitutionally protected rights under Treaty 8. Site C, along with the cumulative impacts of the Bennett and Peace Canyon dams upstream, would continue to displace First Nations hunters, trappers, and fishers, and interfere with their way of life by destroying habitat home to plants and animals the two nations rely on for spiritual, medicinal, and food purposes, according to the claim.