Bigstone Cree Nation sues Ottawa, Alberta over school funding, treaty violations

March 7, 2018

The Ottawa Citizen reports that Bigstone Cree Nation is suing the provincial and federal governments over “a series of funding and treaty violations that have caused sub-par education for its children.” The First Nation has reportedly filed a statement of claim, contending that money due to Bigstone Cree Nation under Treaty 8 was funnelled to Alberta without consent. The statement further adds that “practically all of Bigstone members who wish to attend post-secondary education or training are required to take additional courses or otherwise upgrade their academic knowledge and skills.” “Over the years, we have tried to talk to both levels of government without success,” said Bigstone Coun. Josie Auger. “Our children’s future has not been taken seriously by government.” Ottawa Citizen