First Nations in B.C., like the Lax Kw'alaams band, deserve greater clarity on what, if any, projects trump Aboriginal title rights. Companies looking to invest in B.C. deserve greater clarity on the willingness of the government to support projects on Aboriginal title land -- without the consent of First Nations.
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If the government is serious about stimulating investor confidence in the mining sector, they need to address the land certainty question.
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VANCOUVER - Premier Christy Clark called a historic meeting between hundreds of British Columbia First Nations' leaders and members of her cabinet a beginning, saying she didn't expect to change histo...
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The failure to grant aboriginal peoples the dignity and opportunity of a land base also comes at a tremendous cost -- economic, social and moral. It is the cost of an entirely unacceptable status quo. Aboriginal rights are complicated and often poorly understood by Canadians, but behind the intricate issues of rights, title and treaties is the essential notion of sharing. Change is required. That change can come through arduous, adversarial court battles or through a more co-operative nation-building process.
OTTAWA - A small British Columbia First Nation has gone before the Supreme Court of Canada in a case that could have far-reaching effects on aboriginal title across the country — two decades after a p...
As is so often the case here in B.C. when controversy arises concerning land and resources, many non-natives rally to the cry that it is "our" resources or "public land" that's at stake. To some First Nations, this is met with puzzlement: how did my people's traditional land and resources become something that belongs to all British Columbians?