The chief of a Saskatchewan First Nations band is pleased to see a legal dispute come to a close.
The Pasqua First Nation took the Government of Saskatchewan to court after they bypassed an environmental impact assessment as part of a plan to move water away from flooded areas of the Quill Lakes.
Chief Matthew Peigan says a term of the settlement dictates the government must engage with First Nations in a consultation process, which he says is all they really want.
“Pasqua First Nation is always prepared to work a solution out that is best for everyone,” Peigan says. “Not only for Pasqua First Nation, but those people impacted; both First Nation and non-First Nation, we have to put our minds together.”
Peigan says this case sets a legal precedent.
“Any future applications, we now get to know about them, and we’re now involved with them because of the duty to consult.”
Problems arose regarding the moving of contaminated water entering Last Mountain Lake, which Peigan says would’ve changed the lake’s aquatic dynamic and altered fish habitats.