Proposed coal mine will ‘decapitate’ Grassy Mountain in southern Alberta: AWA

APTN News (Canada)
Pub Date: 
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 05:25

Unanimous Treaty 7 support for a proposed $800-million coal mine in Alberta’s Crowsnest Pass is causing concern on the Kainai First Nation.

“We will be directly impacted by the coming coal-mining project,” said Latasha Calf Robe, a member of the nation south of Calgary also known as .

“There’s a lot going on here.”

Letters from Treaty 7, which represents mainly Blackfoot bands in southern Alberta, welcome the , along with Métis communities in the southern part of the province.

This shocked Calf Robe, who said she only recently learned about the open-pit mine and that its public regulatory hearing is underway by

“No community-level consultation has been done on the Blood Tribe,” she said, “and, as far as I know, has not been done with any of the communities in Treaty 7.

“So those letters of support that were issued were issued without community-level consultation in any of these communities.”

Benga Mining Ltd.

Calf Robe wants to stop the mine proposed by Benga Mining Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Australian coal development company .