Williams Ruling – Native Legal Win # 166

Last week’s headlines proclaimed: “B.C. Court Rules Tsilhqot’in First Nation has no claim to territorial land”. Their claim for broad-based aboriginal title was defeated. So why am I calling this a native win? Based on their semi-nomadic historical footprint exercised throughout their traditional lands, the Court of Appeal ruled that this set of facts did not entitle natives to a broad...

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Native Legal Win #153

 As the year comes to a close, one particular native legal wins stands out in underscoring the power of the native legal winning streak.This Fall, the BC Court of Appeal ruled that the Chemainus Wells Project – to tap into potable water in an aquifer situated under the neighbouring Halalt First Nation reserve – should remain operationally delayed on account of deficiencies in...

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