POLITICS

Saskatchewan First Nation lawsuit claims billions in resource dollars denied

01/11/2012 12:58 EST | Updated 03/12/2012 05:12 EDT
REGINA - A First Nation in southeastern Saskatchewan has filed a multibillion-dollar lawsuit claiming the band has been denied billions from oil and potash developments.

The claim by the George Gordon First Nation is against the provincial and federal governments.

The band says it should have been consulted about several projects under a treaty land deal signed in August 2008.

It gives as an example BHP Billiton's Jansen potash mine not far from the band's reserve near Punnichy (PUNN'-ih-shy), Sask.

The First Nation alleges BHP Billiton was given exclusive control over potash exploration rights in the region without the band's knowledge.

A spokesman with Saskatchewan's Justice Ministry says the government doesn't believe it has done anything wrong.

(CKRM, The Canadian Press)