Bigstone Road Use Agreement

Three years ago, Bigstone signed the largest country in the province`s history. It was the culmination of more than 30 years of work to prove that Ottawa had never really recognized Bigstone`s full membership. The agreement with Ottawa came with 56,656 hectares of new land – tripling the group`s reserves – and $231 million in cash. Each member of the group received a cheque for $3,500, while an additional $3,500 was made available for each child on their 18th birthday. The rest of the money, a lot of money, could be used to finance projects that would improve the conditions of the reserve for future generations. Instead, it has highlighted only deep divisions within the community and serves both Ottawa and the Aboriginal communities themselves as a strong reminder that increasing money is not always the solution to the problems that First Nations reserves have put in place for generations. Children ride their bikes on the streets of Bigstone For road ban requests, please contact roadban@paramountres.com. However, spend some time going around, and the physical contrast between the two communities is obvious. After the time when Opportunity is working to rebuild a city centre from scratch, paving is complete and the muddy, unpaved streets of Bigstone begin. Restaurants, hotels, the fitness center and the arena are disappearing, replaced by Busch, who is steeped in the dense rentals and pockets of dilapidated devotees of the reserve. “We don`t even have the money to demolish trailers,” says Bigstone City Councillor Clara Moberly, walking past a dilapidated mobile home whose owner had to move to a homeless shelter three hours after her roof was demolished last winter. “It`s like a third world country.” As a result, almost all of Opportunity`s annual budget of about $80 million comes from oil and gas taxes, both from a reduction in provincial pipeline royalties and a 20% development tax, which requires opportunity oil companies to build their labour camps.

In contrast, last year, Bigstone earned about $2 million in oil and gas licences, money held in trust by the federal government. The vast majority of Bigstone`s $52 million budget comes from Ottawa. Of the nearly $45 million in federal transfers last year, the volume gave $11 million to housing and social services and more than $33 million to health care and education. Opportunity donated $30 million for roads and public works in the first place. For more information, see roaduse@paramountres.com. Today, says Auger, he thinks the courtroom, not the street, is the best place for Bigstone to fight both the province and luck for oil revenues.