New Prosperity Mine – Native Legal Win # 191

The Order in Council that gave this ill-executed project the ‘thumbs-down’ comes from the highest authority in government – the federal cabinet. Thus the ministerial order, following a quasi-judicial regulatory outcome, is akin to a major court ruling. It’s a huge win for the native side. This outcome followed a concerted lobbing effort by industry, politicians, and local interests...

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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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