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First Nations Take on Canadian Oil Tanker Ban Bill in Lawsuit

March 26, 2018, 10:15 AM

Canada’s efforts to ban oil tankers in northern British Columbia infringes on aboriginal land title and should be nullified, First Nations said in a lawsuit filed in court.

The Lax Kw’alaams Band’s land claim—which hasn’t been voided through a treaty—overlaps with an area slated to become a tanker-free zone under a federal bill currently being considered in Parliament.

The Lax Kw’alaams are made up of nine tribes and have a population of 3,800 people. Their lawsuit said Canada knew about their energy corridor plan when the bill was introduced and that therefore it was a deliberate effort to “thwart” ...

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