Monday, 6 February 2017

Aboriginal-Title Claims Could Have Significant Impact on BC

News that the Nuchatlaht First Nation has launched a civil aboriginal-title claim against the B.C. and Canada governments has important implications on British Columbia.

Lawyer Troy Hunter highlights the changes that occur where aboriginal title is recognized, like in the 2014 Tsilhqot’in law suit.
"In cases where aboriginal title is recognized, the province has no jurisdiction, and consent of First Nations is required for resource development as set out in the 2014 Tsilhqot’in Supreme Court of Canada decision. Approval of major projects, such as pipelines, require the consent of First Nations in any location where aboriginal title is established and absent consent, damages are to be paid to the proper rights-holders, unless there is a compelling and substantial public interest objective with a reconciliation goal that balances the interests of First Nations and the broader public."
As you can see, land interest claims can have a significant impact not only on corporate and business interests in BC, but also on individual interests.

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