Friday, March 27, 2015

The indigenous land rights ruling

The indigenous land rights ruling that could transform Canada - Idle No More:

The unrest is palpable. In First Nations across Canada, word is
spreading of a historic court ruling recognizing Indigenous land rights.
And the murmurs are turning to action: an eviction notice issued to a railway company in British Columbia; a park occupied in Vancouver; lawsuits launched against the Enbridge tar sands pipeline; a government deal reconsidered by Ontario Algonquins; and sovereignty declared by the Atikamekw in Quebec.

First Nations have been emboldened by this summer’s Supreme Court of
Canada William decision, which recognized the aboriginal title of the
Tsilhqot’in nation to 1,750 sq km of their land in central British
Columbia – not outright ownership, but the right to use and manage the
land and to reap its economic benefits.

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