Treaty 8 First Nations will not sit idle

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The Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta are calling on the Government of Alberta to suspend new forestry legislation until concerns about impacts on inherent and Treaty rights are addressed.

In December 2020, Alberta enacted Bill 40, which amends the provincial Forests Act. The new legislation includes provisions which reduce ministerial oversight, streamlines the licensing process, and increases the amount of timber that can be harvested annually.

“Bill 40 will have a direct impact on our territories and on our inherent and Treaty rights,” says Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta Grand Chief Arthur Noskey.

“The Province should have consulted with us from the outset on a government-to-government basis to make sure that our rights were protected.”

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