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Supreme Court sides with Lac Seul First Nation over flooding compensation

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Supreme Court sides with Lac Seul First Nation over flooding compensation

The Lac Seul First Nation of northern Ontario has won a key round in its long battle to be successfully compensated for the flooding of its lands precipitated by development of a dam.

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Construction of the Ear Falls hydroelectric dam within the late 1920s flooded nearly 20 per cent of Lac Seul’s reserve land without the First Nation’s consent or compensation. (Ontario Strength Generation)

The Lac Seul First Nation of northern Ontario has won a key round in its long battle to be successfully compensated for the flooding of its lands precipitated by development of a dam.

In an 8-1 ruling Friday, the Supreme Court of Canada jam aside a $30-million award and sent the topic advantage to the Federal Court for reassessment.

A hydroelectric dam to create energy to Winnipeg was in-built 1929 under an settlement between Canada, Ontario and Manitoba.

Lac Seul First Nation is situated on the south shore of Lac Seul, about 290 kilometres northwest of Divulge Bay. (Google)

The mission enthusiastic raising the water level of Lac Seul by about three metres to keep a reservoir. It proceeded despite warnings about injury the flooding would jam off to the Lac Seul First Nation reserve, and without correct authorization or the consent of those affected.

Almost one-fifth of the very top land on the reserve was permanently flooded, destroying properties and wild rice fields and submerging gravesites.

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Supreme Court sides with Lac Seul First Nation over flooding compensation