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First Nations lawsuit aims to protect traditional lands 

By Amanda Rabski-McColl  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Several Treaty 9 First Nations have filed a lawsuit against the provincial government to protect their traditional lands. The suit alleges that the provincial government’s policies have not upheld the rights of Treaty 9 communities to live as they traditionally have. It aims to “stop the consistent and increasing degradation of the boreal forest in their traditional territories”. The Ontario government has 20 days, from Sept. 30, to file a statement of defence. The lawsuit lists Chapleau Cree First Nation Chief Keith Corston, Missanabie Cree First Nation Chief Jason Gauthier, and Brunswick House First Nation Chief Renae Vanbuskirk as the plaintiffs on behalf of themselves and their respective communities. Because their way of life is tied closely to the land and the life

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