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On land title, which road will aboriginal groups take? – The Globe and Mail

by ahnationtalk on April 13, 2015524 Views

Apr. 11 2015

It will take some time to measure the impact of the Supreme Court of Canada’s judgment on aboriginal title, and the significant additional powers it gives aboriginal groups with that title.

The judgment, nine months ago, involved the Tsilhqot’in Nation, with about 3,000 people. They had been fighting commercial logging since 1983 in the territory they claimed as theirs.

Courtesy of the Supreme Court, their aboriginal title was affirmed, which meant in layman’s language almost a de jure veto over anything done in that territory. The ruling was, of course, hailed by aboriginal leaders everywhere, but especially in British Columbia where there are few treaties.

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