Fisher River Cree Nation along with five other Manitoba First Nations whom make up the KJHL have filed in the Court of Queen’s bench of Wednesday, saying that the Capital Region Junior Hockey League “wrongfully” and “maliciously” withdrew from the Keystone Junior Hockey League.
The lawsuit names CRJHL president Rick Olson, Hockey Manitoba and others and is asking for an immediate injunction to prevent the new league from operating. Teams from Selkirk, St. Malo, Lundar, Arborg and North Winnipeg have already begun the season in the CRJHL, with some teams as many as eight games in.
Jamie Kagan of Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP, legal counsel to the five First Nations, told reporters at a news conference on Friday that they’ve tried repeatedly to reach an accommodation with the CRJHL since September.
“Every overture that we’ve made with respect to settlement, with respect to Hockey Manitoba and the (CRJHL) has been rejected to the point where they refuse to meet with us,” Kagan said.
The hearing will take place in December.