Financial Details Of PBCN Lawsuit Still A Mystery

Friday, March 11, 2005 at 13:23



The chief of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation won’t say what his band is looking for in compensation for the damage caused by the flooding of traditional lands.


The First Nation is suing SaskPower, the provincial government and the federal government over the construction of the Island Falls and Whitesands dams.


The claim contends that the resulting damage in the 1930s led to a lot of hardship and lost opportunties for band members.


While Chief Ron Michel refuses to give a dollar figure, he does say band members were quick to reject the last settlement offer from SaskPower.


Michel calls the offer of $16 million to three PBCN communities an “insult”.


Michel says the band would have filed a lawsuit sooner, but they wanted to give negotiations a chance.


He says will have a better idea of what kind of money the band is seeking in the lawsuit once more research is done into the band’s claim.


The defendants in the suit have until April 30th to respond.