Sponsored by international environmental groups-who have also donated more than $400 000 to help cover BLCN's costly legal fees-members of the small First Nations, including Crystal Lameman
and her uncle Al, have toured England to talk about their experiences living in oil country.
Crystal, who has two degrees from the University of Alberta and is a member of the Indigenous Environmental Network, recently moved back into her childhood home in BLCN.
people have been "drastically affected" by the 15 years or so of oil speculation in their backyards.
"We've become economic hostages-our own people now say we need this industry, because we can no longer go to the land and get the things we need to live," Lameman
"In the spring, we used to eat ducks on a weekly basis, make a nice soup-but they don't come here anymore like they used to.
And the Saskatoon trees, which used to be black and heavy with berries, barely produce anymore."
and the BLCN aren't advocating shutting down the oil sands.
For Crystal Lameman
hopes for a victory-not just for the Beaver Lake Cree
, but a symbolic one for all native people.
"I want indigenous people around the world to be able to look at what our little band of treaty Indians did," Lameman