“There had been a wake going on that day, because there had been a death. Normally anything official would be postponed out of respect for the family. There were really hard feelings that that didn’t happen,” English River First Nation member Candyce Paul said of the May 31 signing of a collaboration agreement between the First Nation and uranium giants Cameco and Areva. “It’s like a huge corporate takeover. It’s kind of awful that way. We feel like we’re in the middle of a really bad movie.”
Cameco CEO Tim Gitzel said the company has “a long history of working collaboratively with English River, and I am pleased that this agreement will further strengthen that partnership,” according to a Cameco news release.
“There’s a significant amount of opposition — huge actually — compared to them saying they’re happy about it. It’s split the community, it’s split families, it got ugly,” said Paul.