Alberta Métis group suing B.C. Hydro over damage from Peace River dams

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The group says the W.A.C. Bennett and Peace Canyon Dams have significantly reduced water flow in both the Athabasca and Peace River, which both feed the large freshwater delta. As a result, Fred Fraser, president of the Fort Chipewyan chapter of the Métis Nation, says their way of life has been affected by the impact on wildlife and plants. 

He’s quoted as saying before the dams were built in 1968 and 1980 there were floods every three to five years that would overflow the delta’s banks meaning they were able to trap animals easily. Since then, there haven’t been any more floods. 

The lawsuit filed in November claims the federal government did not protect their Métis rights, wildlife, and waterways. Fraser also says his people were not consulted on either dam.\

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