Canadian dam stopped by First Nations opposition

World Rivers Review reports that a proposed dam to be built in Canada has been shelved.

Two private companies have dropped their plans to build a large hydro dam on the Slave River in Alberta, Canada after a local First Nations tribe refused to back the project.

The efforts of the two companies to reach an agreement with the Smith’s Landing First Nation on feasibility studies came to a halt in October.

A spokesman said the proposed facility would not have created a huge reservoir, but some reserve land belonging to the Smith Landing First Nation would have been flooded.

Some of the tribe’s people had to relocate before because of another dam. That event left a lot of heartache and negativity when the government forced Smith’s Landing to move from Fort Fitzgerald to Fort Smith. Apparently, the tribal people did not want to experience that kind of move again,?Smith’s Landing Chief Cheyeanne Paulette told CBC News.

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