Questions of jurisdiction and the nature of native land claims and self government are being raised anew by a variety of issues in western Canada. At Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) hearings in Edmonton, the Lubicon Cree Indian Nation battles to stop a UNOCAL sour gas plant from starting up just 2.5 km south of their proposed new reserve. Meanwhile, Woods Cree communities along the south shore of Lesser Slave Lake in northern Alberta are resisting a proposal to import toxic waste from across North America to a public/private facility at Swan Hills. And in early November, a nine-month study period began into an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on a proposal to bury high-level nuclear waste in northwest Saskatchewan.
Water, waste, sour gas
The Peoples Voice
Randy Lawrence, Edmonton, The Peoples Voice, January, 1995.