Vancouver News

Canada sees landmark ruling on Aboriginals, land

By The Associated Press

VANCOUVER - A landmark Supreme Court of Canada ruling that Aboriginals in British Columbia can stake a broad claim to traditional territories could have a significant impact on future development of resources, energy projects and pipelines.

The high court ruling recognized, for the first time in Canada, Aboriginal title to a specific tract of land. The case involved a claim to 676 square miles (1,750 square kilometres) of land in central British Columbia. The court ruled that the Tsilhqot'in Nation is entitled to prevent forestry on the tract.

The unanimous decision Thursday ended a 25-year legal battle and set a historic precedent affecting resource rights.

Aboriginal issues lawyer Larry Innes said Friday that some regulators may have to revise their processes for Aboriginal consultation on projects.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Election 2014: Traffic top of mind in this campaign
 
Election 2014: Surrey school candidates debate education
 
High demand for Oliver jail-jobs seminars
Penticton-area teachers get partial pay for extra day
 
Resource issues dominate Terrace all candidates meeting
 
SHSS students perform Les Miserables
Castlegar Quilt Guild raffle a work of art
 
100 campaign signs stolen
 
Nelson hires new fire chief

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 22 edition online now. Browse the archives.