Northern Alberta Band Sues Feds

Tuesday, December 19, 2006 at 16:20



The failure of the Federal Government to provide bullets and fishing twine to some northern bands 100 years ago can’t be measured in today’s economy, according to a lawyer.


Chris Devlin says that’s why 14 First Nations within the Treaty 8 area have filed specific claims over Ottawa’s failure to live up to provisions in the historical document.


Devlin says many band members lost the chance to make a good living due to the shortfall by Ottawa and that’s why compensation is required.


Devlin says the specific claim was filed a few years ago, but he’s still not sure how long it will take to settle.


Treaty 8 was originally struck back in 1899.