Supreme court ruling a game changer
Yesterday’s Supreme Court of Canada ruling in a landmark aboriginal rights and title case is still reverberating.
The Court found BC failed in its duty to consult with the Tsilhqot’in on forestry issues several years ago, and the ruling recognizes their title over traditional territories.
Doug White, the Director of VIU’s Centre for Preconfederation Treaties and Reconcilation, says it’s a major precedent.
Justice Minister Suzanne Anton says the province is planning to take time to fully analyze the ruling, and will be working with First Nations and other stakeholders in the meantime.