October 15, 2014 2:41 pm
Updated: October 22, 2014 3:37 pm

Group responds to Sask. uranium deal case being dismissed

A group opposed to an agreement between Cameco and Pinehouse, Sask. responds to a judge’s decision to prevent their case from going to trial.

Vytai Brannan / Global News

SASKATOON – A group of 39 people opposed to a controversial uranium deal in northern Saskatchewan will not take their case to a higher court.

On Tuesday, some of the plaintiffs explained in Saskatoon that they don’t have the money to appeal the judge’s decision to dismiss the case.

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The group filed a lawsuit against mining giants Cameco and AREVA after they signed a collaboration agreement with the mayor of Pinehouse, Sask. in December 2012.

The deal is expected to secure community investment but the plaintiffs say it’s undemocratic.

“I compare these collaboration agreements to the small pox blankets, when in the past what appeared to benefit indigenous peoples, really held a deadly force,” said plaintiff Debbie Mihalicz.

Since the group first filed its lawsuit, a number of goals have been achieved including halting the expansion of uranium mines.

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