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First Nation distributes $75,000 to members whose trap lines affected by major power line.

LAC LA RONGE, Sask. – A First Nation in northern Saskatchewan has distributed $75,000 to members whose trap lines were affected by the construction of a major power line.

The Lac La Ronge First Nation was involved in two years of negotiations over the 300-kilometre transmission line running from Island Falls to Key Lake.

The money was paid from SaskPower’s newly established Trapper’s Compensation Program.

The band was notified of the project in 2012 and held a series of community meetings to identify the affected trappers.

Chief Tammy Cook-Searson says the compensation is less than originally requested, but trappers have indicated they are satisfied.

Some were forced to move from their family cabins when the line was built.

Cook-Searson says there may still be environmental concerns which will have to be dealt with as maintenance is done along the line in the future.

“If they are going to spray any herbicide, they do contact the office and then we contact the people that are in the area. We talk about how it will impact because if the animals are eating the plants or if people are picking berries close by, then were want to make sure to see what the impact is of whatever it is that they are going to spray.”

The chief also says she hopes SaskPower will employ band members if any cutting or maintenance on the line is needed.

By: The Canadian Press

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