Alberta First Nation loses northeast B.C. oil and gas rights lawsuit

However, in his written judgment posted on the court website today, Justice Christopher Grauer says the depth of consultation will only increase as the possibility of real development nears. Grauer says he does not doubt the force of the Dene Tha’s concerns about everything from the survival of endangered caribou to their economic future.

In order to meet its constitutional obligations, he says the province will have to ensure appropriate accommodation of those concerns.

The B.C. government made more than $400 million from the tenure sales.