A Métis local in northern Saskatchewan is voicing concerns over not being consulted on exploration activities on traditional territories.
Several citizens and dignitaries from Descharme Lake met on Aug. 25 to discuss what they say is a troubling trend of companies disturbing their lands without permission from local citizens.
Métis local president Delphine Montgrand says it is unacceptable how the government is ignoring their concerns and not consulting them on issues.
He says the government needs to stand by laws which require all Métis Nations and First Nations to be consulted on any impacts to their traditional territories.
In the meeting, the Dene Métis citizens said action must be taken to ensure their rights are respected.
They say they are willing to talk with the government on these concerns so everyone can benefit from development but the time for inaction has passed.