Hydro company accused of paying off First Nation

Critics are accusing Manitoba Hydro of paying off a northern First Nation in order to get approval for a $3.5 billion (Canadian) dam.

Manitoba Hydro has paid $14 million to the Tataskweyak Cree Nation to cover various costs associated with the project. More than half, $7.5 million, was paid to consultants, CBC News reported.

Critics say the money is meant to sway band members to approve the dam. But Manitoba Hydro says the First Nation, as co-owners of the project, will have to pay some of the money back if the deal is finalized.

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