Yukon Campground Leads To Lawsuit
The Taku River Tlinglit First Nation is taking the Yukon government to court over a planned campground at Atlin Lake, saying the plan ignores the First Nation’s constitutional rights, CBC News reported.
John Ward, a member of the Taku River Tlingit, said unless the government consults at a treaty level, the First Nation’s constitutional rights are being breached.
“We would forever lose the access to that land, to use it for our way of life. That’s just about it in a nutshell. We’d be forced to pay fees to go there,” he said.
Ward said taking the Canadian government to court is the only way to ensure his First Nation retains its rights. He said they want the government to negotiate a land settlement with the First Nation before building any campgrounds.
Lesley McCullough, Yukon’s assistant deputy minister of justice, said the government consulted in the same way it would on any treaty land.
The campground is planned to open in May 2015.
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