I was very fortunate to participate in the Keepers of the Water conference in Wollaston Lake, northern Saskatchewan, in mid-August. It was my first time to this remote community, which can only be reached by barge/boat or airplane as there are no roads that go directly there. People say the water there is clean enough to drink right out of the lake, which I saw someone doing. The lake, one of Saskatchewan's largest, certainly looked beautiful, though I hesitated to drink from it like the locals.
On Friday July 11, the Supreme Court of Canada released a unanimous decision on Grassy Narrows First Nation v Ontario (Natural Resources). The decision, concerning First Nations treaty rights, was written by Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin. The Court held that only the Province of Ontario has the right to "take up" lands in the Keewatin area under Treaty 3 in Northwestern Ontario.
Taking up lands