The chief for the Roseau River first nation accuses Canada's justice minister of killing their urban reserve proposal in Winnipeg.
The reserve was to be situated on the old Canada Packers site, however an environmental study has concluded the soil is too contaminated. Chief Terry Nelson suggests those standards seem to apply only to Roseau's project. Nelson suggests a letter from Provencher MP Vic Toews influenced the department of Indian Affairs to kill the deal. Toews says his letter never addressed the environmental standards of the project. Toews says it simply stated that he could not support the urban reserve concept until Roseau pays the back-taxes it owes on land it has aquired in the RM of Franklin. A spokesperson with Indian Affairs says the standards used in the urban reserve proposal come from a federal environmental policy, which she says are the same for all land that's being converted to reserves.