Commission has the mandate to inquire into and report
on whether a claimant
EXCLUSION FROM THE RANGE
In April 1954, the range lands were taken up for the exclusive
use of the Department of National Defence. The government
did permit periodic access to the range for hunting and
fishing, usually during the Christmas and Easter holidays.
Otherwise, the Indians were absolutely excluded from the
bombing range from 1954 on.
The Buffalo River First Nation, which was trapping in
FCA A-21 and the Kazan Game Preserve, lost access to a
3-by-35-mile strip on the southern edge of A-21, or approximately
15 percent of its trapping area. The Flying Dust and Waterhen
Lake First Nations lost access to approximately one-third
of their shared trapping area, FCA A-37. The Joseph Bighead
First Nation lost none of its FCA when the range was created.
1951, Saskatchewan and Canada had entered into an agreement
under which the range was created. The agreement provided
(a) Canada will assume responsibility for payment of compensation
to persons or corporations having rights in the area,
including rights in respect of timber . . . trapping,
fur farming or land settlement; . . .
government carried out an ?intensive study and survey?
of who would be displaced by the creation of the PLAWR,
and provided compensation to certain individuals who had
trapping and fishing rights in the range. More particularly,
those who had fixed registered traplines located within
the PLAWR, or whose communal trapping rights could not
be absorbed elsewhere within the communal FCA, received
compensation. The Canoe Lake Cree Nation and Cold Lake
First Nations received some compensation under this scheme.
In contrast, it appears that few members (perhaps one
or two) of the claimant First Nations received compensation.
It appears that the claimants were never the subject of
any comprehensive compensation or economic rehabilitation
program, because the government did not consider them
to be ?directly or materially affected? by the creation
of the range.
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