Calgary Councillor Diane Colley-Urquhart is calling on council to invite Chief Lee Crowchild and the Tsuut’ina band council to a meeting to work out any disagreements about the Springbank Dry Dam.
“If this thing goes sideways, it has a direct impact on Calgary,” she added.
Mayor Naheed Nenshi said Monday he has yet to meet with the new Tsuu’tina chief. Nenshi said he doesn’t want to insert himself into the issue, but believes the transition to new leadership may have caused some confusion about the dry dam project.
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Nenshi said he has spoken with Infrastructure Minister Brian Mason and understands there were several meetings between the province and Tsuut’ina.
“There had been many meetings with the previous administration and it’s not clear that the new administration either feels the same way, or has been fully briefed. But I know that more conversations have happened.”
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Nenshi said he was told the two sides sat down as recently as 10 days ago.
The comments come more than a month after Chief Crowchild expressed frustration the nation had not been consulted about the key flood mitigation project, claiming it was told by a third party the Springbank Dry Dam would directly impact the Tsuut’ina “in the event of a flood.”
A spokesperson for the Tsuut’ina said Tuesday they “respectfully disagree” with the mayor’s assertion, claiming the nation has always been opposed to the Springbank Dry Dam and believe a McLean Creek dam would be the better option.
Kevin Littlelight said the Tsuut’ina leadership has not had a formal meeting with the premier and has never given their official consent.
“Talking over coffee does not give you consent,” he said.