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Vancouver protest of Site C dam at Vanier Park

Up to 200 people gathered at a Vancouver park Saturday to protest the construction of the Site C Clean Energy Project in northeastern British Columbia. The event is part of the Grab a Paddle campaign, which is a series of events being organized across B.C. in solidarity with the annual Paddle for the Peace. The campaign hopes to raise money for the Treaty 8 First Nations legal challenges to the Site C dam.

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11/20/2017

article A Mi'kmaq seat at the table
(New Brunswick) -- Kenneth Francis knew about the smoke billowing from the Rexton blockade in eastern New Brunswick, the RCMP cars set ablaze, elders pepper-sprayed and...

11/18/2017

article Pinery park remains closed, but talks continue over Indigenous occupation
(Ontario) -- Pinery Provincial Park remains closed to the public after several Indigenous demonstrators warned of an occupation a week ago. The park issued a statement...

11/11/2017

article Ontario provincial park closed 'until further notice' due to land claim demonstration
(Ontario) -- A southwestern Ontario provincial park has been closed to the public after demonstrators set up a trailer at the front gate in support of what police said...

11/1/2017

article Supreme Court to rule on B.C. resort slated to be built on sacred Indigenous land
(British Columbia) -- The Supreme Court of Canada is due to release a decision Thursday in a case that hinges on freedom of religion and how Indigenous spirituality...

10/30/2017

article N.L Indigenous groups uniting to bid on Arctic surf clam licence
(Canada) -- Three Newfoundland and Labrador Indigenous groups are coming together to bid on a licence to harvest Arctic surf clams. The partnership between the Miawpukek...

10/23/2017

article Federal committee to hear from 9 N.W.T. groups today about Indigenous land claims
(Northwest Territories) -- A public hearing, put on by the standing committee on Indigenous and Northern affairs, will hear testimonies from nine Indigenous groups from...

10/22/2017

article Toronto theatre uses land acknowledgement as a conversation starter, act of reconciliation
(Toronto) -- Land acknowledgement is an act of reconciliation that involves a public speaker stating what territory or traditional lands they are currently occupying.
article Horgan's acknowledgment of unceded Indigenous territory a milestone for B.C.
(British Columbia) -- It is now commonplace for social activists to acknowledge they are living upon unceded Indigenous territory in British Columbia. It is a milestone...

10/20/2017

article One woman's plan to give back: 'The land needs to be returned to Indigenous peoples'
(Ontario) -- An Ontario woman wants to return her land to the Alderville First Nation as an act of reconciliation. Janice Keil, a secondary school teacher from...

10/10/2017

article 'We do belong to the land': Missanabie Cree First Nation inching closer to establishing reserve
(Sudbury) -- A northern Ontario First Nation is getting close to ending a century-long wait for designated land. The Missanabie Cree are trying to finalize a settlement...

8/30/2017

article Bitter land dispute results in blockade on Six Nations in Caledonia
(Ontario) -- A blockade by members of Six Nations has barred a portion of Argyle Street, the main road in Caledonia for the past 21 days. The protest is connected to a...

8/29/2017

article United Nations panel calls for halt of B.C.'s Site C dam
(British Columbia) -- A United Nations panel says the construction of British Columbia's $8.8-billion Site C dam should be halted until there is a full review of how...

8/21/2017

article Ontario pledges 'support' for year-round road access to 3 remote First Nations
(Ontario) -- The provincial government says it's working with three remote northwestern Ontario First Nations to develop year-round road access that will link the...

8/2/2017

article Frustration mounts as land dispute continues in Oka, Que.
(Quebec) -- Frustration continues to mount in Kanesatake, Que., where residents of the Mohawk community are once again rallying to protect a stand of trees known as The...

7/12/2017

article Tensions flare in Oka over housing development on disputed land
(Montreal) -- Mohawk activist Ellen Gabriel and others squared off Wednesday against Oka Mayor Pascal Quevillon at the site of a new housing development where hydro...

6/20/2017

article Malii: Beyond appropriation of our culture, the most important fight is for our land
(Canada) -- There has been a lot of talk in Canada lately about cultural appropriation of Indigenous stories and imagery. This is a conversation that actually goes back...

5/31/2017

article Dehcho First Nations to decide if GNWT to be part of land claim negotiations
(North Canada) -- Herb Norwegian, Grand Chief of the Dehcho First Nations, along with negotiators, are travelling to Dehcho communities throughout southwestern N.W.T....

5/29/2017

article 'It's a breach of treaty': Manitoba First Nations want promised land
(Manitoba) -- Some Manitoba First Nations are calling on the federal and Manitoba governments to honour treaties signed 20 years ago Monday. "I want to say that I...

4/24/2017

article First Nations never consulted on international border pacts
(British Columbia) -- A provincial judge in Nelson, B.C., has likely issued the first decision that may upend more than 150 years of British and Canadian border policies...

4/7/2017

article Federal land claims report 'day of victory' for North Slave Métis Alliance, says prez
(North Canada) -- The North Slave Métis Alliance is ecstatic over a new federal report regarding the progress of land claims in the Northwest Territories. While the...
article Ross River Dena Council turns to court to force gov't back to negotiating table
(Yukon) -- The Ross River Dena Council is asking the Yukon Supreme Court to force the federal government back to the negotiating table. The First Nation and the federal...

4/6/2017

article Northwest Territories gov't promises new offers for outstanding land claims
(Northwest Territories) -- The Northwest Territories and federal governments have committed to make new offers to Indigenous groups on three outstanding land claims in...

3/28/2017

article Fort William chief seeking settlement of land tax issue with Thunder Bay
(Thunder Bay) -- The chief of Fort William First Nation says the City of Thunder Bay should follow the federal government's lead concerning lands expropriated from...

3/17/2017

article How should northern on-the-land programs be evaluated?
(North Canada) -- The first pan-territorial On the Land Summit concluded with a frank exchange of views in Dettah, N.W.T. A panel discussion of how on-the-land programs...

2/27/2017

article Ontario judge rules Crown must pay legal fees of Indigenous men in land dispute
(Ontario) -- An Ontario judge has taken the unusual step of ruling that the Crown must pay the legal fees of the defendants in a criminal case after the government...

1/20/2017

article Anishinabek man lays land claim over Benny forest in northern Ontario
(Ontario) -- An Anishinabek man is seeking a land claim over Benny forest in northern Ontario to stop commercial logging in the area. "It's been in the family a...

12/28/2016

article City consulting with Treaty 7 Nations on Green Line alignment
(Calgary) -- The City of Calgary is consulting with Treaty 7 First Nations on its planned route as it sets the groundwork for the Green Line LRT project. The line will...

12/23/2016

article Fort William First Nation settles 17-year-old land claim
(Thunder Bay) -- Fort William First Nation (FWFN) and the federal government have officially settled a land claim for over 1,100 acres of land appropriated by the Grand...

12/12/2016

article 'We've got hope now': Deal reached to build Shoal Lake 40's Freedom Road
(Manitoba) -- The province of Manitoba, City of Winnipeg and federal government have reached a three-way funding agreement that could see construction of Shoal Lake 40...

11/30/2016

article Inuit launch day of protests as Supreme Court hears duty to consult case
(Ottawa) -- Indigenous protesters from Nunavut and Ontario are crowding the lawn of the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa this morning, as lawyers prepare to argue a...

11/25/2016

article Shoal Lake's Freedom Road design complete, price tag reduced
(Canada) -- An isolated reserve near the Manitoba-Ontario boundary is a step closer to being connected with the outside world. Shoal Lake 40 First Nation has received...

11/16/2016

article Alberta Métis hope landmark agreement leads to breakthrough
(Alberta) -- Exactly 131 years after Louis Riel was hanged for treason, Métis leaders in Alberta believe they're closer than ever to achieving their hero's...
article Métis Nation 'finding ourselves in Confederation' with land claim negotiations, president of MMF says
(Manitoba) -- The president of the Manitoba Métis Federation says the opening-up of negotiations on a 146-year-old land claim dispute is going to change the way the...

11/15/2016

article 'We are coming home Louis Riel': Manitoba Métis celebrate deal to end 146-year struggle
(Manitoba) -- It's been a 146-year struggle but Manitoba Métis Federation's president has a message for Louis Riel. "We are coming home Louis Riel, we are...

11/13/2016

article Snuneymuxw First Nation agrees to $49M in compensation for downtown Nanaimo reserve
(British Columbia) -- The leader of the Snuneymuxw First Nation says a historic vote to accept a land-claim settlement offered by the federal government will help...

10/27/2016

article People displaced by pasture program subject of new book by Trevor Herriot
(Saskatchewan) -- Trevor Herriot was roaming Saskatchewan in the summer of 2015 when he found a story near the Manitoba border at the Spy Hill—Ellice community...

10/17/2016

article Know whose land you are on, says former First Nations chief
(Toronto) -- A woman who will be celebrated for her efforts to promote First Nations heritage says it's important to know on whose land you are standing. Carolyn...

10/3/2016

article First Nations’ right to be consulted not a right to veto energy projects
(Canada) -- A new opponent of pipelines has announced its existence – the Treaty Alliance against Tar Sands Expansion. It consists of more than 50 Canadian First...

9/23/2016

article Justin Trudeau accused of 'bulldozing Aboriginal rights' with Site C
(British Columbia) -- The federal NDP is questioning Justin Trudeau's commitment to having a 'nation-to-nation' relationship with Indigenous people, claiming...

9/15/2016

article Tobique First Nation accepts $39M land claim settlement from Ottawa
(New Brunswick) -- Tobique First Nation in western New Brunswick has approved a nearly $40-million land claim that's been under negotiation for more than 40 years....

8/17/2016

article Wood Buffalo reverses Conklin multiplex decision after protest at meeting
(Edmonton) -- Métis, First Nations and rural communities claimed victory Tuesday after Wood Buffalo's regional council reversed a controversial decision to delay...

8/16/2016

article New gov't rep will speed up land claim negotiations, says Dehcho chief negotiator
(Northwest Territories) -- The chief negotiator for the Dehcho First Nations says he's hopeful a new ministerial special representative will help the First Nation...

8/9/2016

article Northern Ontario First Nation vows to use its own laws to control traditional lands
(Ontario) -- A northern Ontario First Nation is spelling out the laws it says must be followed when anyone from outside the community takes any action that could affect...

7/20/2016

article First Nation threatens injunction in ongoing land use dispute
(North Canada) -- The Salt River First Nation is stepping up its opposition to a man in Fort Smith, N.W.T. Lloyd Jones, a Mé​tis descendant, applied in December for a...

7/11/2016

article Vancouver protest of Site C dam at Vanier Park
(British Columbia) -- Up to 200 people gathered at a Vancouver park Saturday to protest the construction of the Site C Clean Energy Project in northeastern British...

7/6/2016

article New legislation allows First Nations to register land without losing title
(Canada) -- The Yukon government has enacted new legislation to allow self-governing First Nations to register settlement land without losing aboriginal title. Premier...
article Kwanlin Dün sign deal to retain Aboriginal title on leased lands
(North Canada) -- The Kwanlin Dün First Nation is the first in Yukon to sign a deal with the territorial government to retain Aboriginal title on developed lands. Chief...

7/5/2016

article How a controversial dam tramples on rights of Canada’s indigenous Innu people
(Labrador) -- A controversial hydroelectric dam project in sub-Arctic Canada relies on local Innu people giving up their own lands. Thought only developing countries...

6/29/2016

article New gov't rep to offer 'objective advice' on Dehcho land claim talks, says premier
(North Canada) -- A new set of eyes will be brought in to help finalize negotiations on a land claim with the Northwest Territories' Dehcho First Nations. The...

6/12/2016

article How territorial governments reflect 'settler politics'
(North Canada) -- An academic's recent PhD dissertation looks at why the governments of Yukon and Northwest Territories continue to echo southern Canadian norms...

6/4/2016

article N.S. ‘dismissive’ on nation-to-nation relationship — Native Council
(Nova Scotia) -- A group representing Nova Scotia’s 25,000 non-status and off-reserve Aboriginal people says the provincial government has been dismissive in their...

5/27/2016

article 10 years after land dispute, Caledonia bracing for building boom
(Ontario) -- It’s been 10 years since a dispute over a section of land boiled over into fires, physical altercations and a months-long blockade of a section of...

5/20/2016

article Potential development prompts worries of another Oka Crisis
(Montreal) -- Some Mohawks in Kanesatake are raising concern the prospect of development on disputed land in Oka could stir up another conflict like the one that shook...

5/16/2016

article 'My grandfather's country': New wilderness park planned in Yukon
(North Canada) -- Plans are in the works to develop a new territorial park in Yukon, but don't expect to bring your RV there. Get yourself some sturdy hiking boots...

5/2/2016

article First Nations groups seek 'significant benefit' from LeBreton redevelopment
(Ottawa) -- Aboriginal groups are watching the redevelopment of LeBreton Flats closely, and looking to form lasting partnerships with the proponents behind the winning...

4/18/2016

article Federal govt, Ontario First Nation formally sign settlement over Camp Ipperwash
(Ontario) -- A bitter and bloody land dispute between Ottawa and a southwestern Ontario First Nation that culminated in the police killing of an aboriginal protester two...

4/12/2016

article First Nations protesters vow to expand construction plans on Lelu Island
(British Columbia) -- Native leaders of a protest camp are lashing out at the Port of Prince Rupert by unveiling plans to build a cultural centre on Lelu Island, the...
article Port of Prince Rupert orders protesters to end Lelu Island camp
(British Columbia) -- The Prince Rupert Port Authority has ordered protesters to stop construction of a camp on Lelu Island, the site of a proposed LNG export terminal...

4/11/2016

article After First Nations purchase, what's in store for Jericho Lands?
(British Columbia) -- Three British Columbia First Nations have paid nearly half a billion dollars for a prime piece of real estate on the west side of Vancouver....

4/6/2016

article Manitoba First Nations say fulfil promise and turn over more treaty land
(Manitoba) -- Manitoba First Nations are calling on provincial political parties to fulfil a two decade old promise and make good on land debt. In 1997, the province,...

4/4/2016

article N.W.T. First Nation will not stop building on Church land, says chief
(North Canada) -- The chief of Fort Resolution says he's not going to stop developing two parcels of land owned by the Roman Catholic diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith...

3/29/2016

article ‘It’s No Longer About Saying No’: How B.C.’s First Nations Are Taking Charge With Tribal Parks
(British Columbia) -- As the crow flies, the territory of the Tsilhqot’in Nation lies just 300 kilometres north of Vancouver — but, cut off by the coastal...

3/24/2016

article Salt River chief opposes man's request to use nearby land for aboriginal ceremonies
(North Canada) -- The Salt River First Nation says it doesn't support a Fort Smith, N.W.T., man's request to keep facilitating spiritual and cultural activities...

3/21/2016

article Winnipeg councillors to vote on $5.5M increase for Shoal Lake's 'Freedom Road'
(Manitoba) -- Winnipeg's city council will have to decide on Tuesday if they'll allocate more funds to Shoal Lake 40 First Nation's "Freedom Road"...

3/8/2016

article Algonquin land claim deal illegal, fraudulent – chiefs
(Ontario) -- A historic land claim agreement in principle struck by the Algonquins of Ontario with the federal and provincial governments is being denounced as...
article Cree Nation sues over 48,000 square kms of northeastern Ont., seeks $495M damages
(Ontario) -- The James Bay Cree Nation has filed a lawsuit seeking title to about 48,000 square kilometres of land in northeastern Ontario. The lawsuit, which has been...

3/7/2016

article Cree Nation sues Ontario, Ottawa seeking $495M damages
(Ontario) -- The James Bay Cree Nation has filed a lawsuit seeking title to about 48,000 square kilometres of land in northeastern Ontario. The lawsuit, which has been...

3/4/2016

article Other First Nations leaders challenge Algonquins of Ontario land claim agreement
(Ontario) -- A historic land claim agreement in principle struck by the Algonquins of Ontario with the federal and provincial governments is being denounced as...

3/1/2016

article Gull Bay First Nation files claim to fix 166-year-old error in size of reserve
(Ontario) -- Gull Bay First Nation, Ont.,has filed a lawsuit to remedy a 166-year-old error in the size of their reserve. The First Nation is claiming $150 million in...

2/23/2016

article Aboriginal activist fears B.C. dam project will destroy sacred land
(British Columbia) -- Helen Knott, 28, believes the stories of her people are alive in the Peace River valley of northeastern British Columbia and fears they will be...

2/22/2016

article Council of Yukon First Nations backs groups applying to Supreme Court over Peel dispute
(Canada) -- The Council of Yukon First Nations is publicly supporting three first nations and two environmental groups in their fight to have the Peel Watershed case...

2/18/2016

article Crown land quietly offered to First Nations in return for Site C dam site
(British Columbia) -- BC Hydro has been quietly offering to transfer thousands of hectares of Crown land to First Nations in compensation for the $9-billion Site C dam....

1/16/2016

article B.C. government oppose aboriginal group’s land claim near Kamloops
(British Columbia) -- A legal fight is brewing over title to land in and around Kamloops. The provincial government now says it will oppose an aboriginal rights and...

10/13/2015

article Landmark case could open doors for N.W.T.'s North Slave Métis Alliance
(North Canada) -- The outcome of a landmark Métis rights case now before the Supreme Court of Canada could open doors for the N.W.T.'s North Slave Métis Alliance....

9/20/2015

article 20 years after Ipperwash crisis, First Nation accepts $95M offer
(Ontario) -- An Ontario First Nation has accepted a settlement from Ottawa 20 years after the dispute over Camp Ipperwash led to the death of aboriginal protester Dudley...
article Brother of Ipperwash protester Dudley George accidentally sets himself ablaze during protest
(Ontario) -- The brother of an aboriginal protester shot dead by police 20 years ago has been injured while protesting a settlement deal for lands in southwestern...
article Dudley George's brother in serious condition after being accidentally set on fire
(Toronto) -- What was supposed to be a day of celebration for members of the Kettle Point First Nation was marred by a scene of chaos, anger and pain as the brother of...

9/9/2015

article B.C. First Nations aim for reconciliation deal with Premier Christy Clark
(British Columbia) -- About 500 aboriginal leaders in British Columbia are meeting this week with Premier Christy Clark with the aim of reaching an agreement on how to...

9/4/2015

article Long-awaited land deal for First Nation at Ipperwash, but old wounds remain
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8/17/2015

article Paul Martin slams federal government over Kapyong Barracks
(Manitoba) -- Former Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin says the federal government made an error in pursuing a lawsuit instead of negotiations over the sale of Winnipeg...

8/10/2015

article N.W.T. Métis Nation signs AIP, draws outrage from other groups
(North Canada) -- Aboriginal leaders in the North and South Slave areas of the Northwest Territories say they are outraged the federal government chose to sign an...

7/22/2015

article Dehcho halt land claims talks until after federal election
(North Canada) -- Dehcho Grand Chief Herb Norwegian says they are stepping away from the negotiating table until after the federal election this fall. "We are...

7/14/2015

article Chief says Edmonton sits on stolen Indian land, hopes to reconcile past wrongs
(Edmonton) -- Long before the City of Edmonton was established, there lived an Indigenous tribe since time immemorial. Then in the late 1800’s the Federal...

6/17/2015

article Listuguj First Nation prepares for land settlement payments
(New Brunswick) -- Listuguj Mi'kmaq government has processed more than 2,000 applications for land settlement funds by community members and officials expect that...

5/26/2015

article Nunavut Inuit Group Settles Ottawa Lawsuit for $255.5 Million
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article Ottawa offers $239 million to settle historical Akwesasne claim
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5/8/2015

article Listuguj Mi'kmaq $64M land settlement approved by Ottawa
(Quebec) -- The Federal government has approved the $64.5 million compensation package for people living in the Mi'kmaq community of Listuguj.

5/4/2015

article Nunavut Tunngavik to reveal details of settlement in $1B lawsuit
(North Canada) -- Nunavut's land claim organization has promised to release details of its deal with the federal government today when officials gather in Iqaluit to...

4/16/2015

article B.C. First Nations can sue over property rights, court rules
(British Columbia) -- Industrial giants, from forestry companies to mining operations, must respect aboriginal territorial claims in British Columbia just as they would...

3/24/2015

article Tsilhqot'in First Nation Government enacted first law
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3/20/2015

article Pehdzeh Ki First Nation threatens to block GNWT fibre optic line
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3/12/2015

article Algonquins of Ontario claim facing internal tensions, accusations some involved not Indigenous
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3/9/2015

article Nunavut Tunngavik, Canada, reach tentative deal in $1B lawsuit
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1/6/2015

article The Tsilhqot’in case has changed Canada forever
(Canada) -- To the Expositor: The Supreme Court of Canada’s recent decision in the Tsilhqot’in case has changed Canada forever. Justice has been served. But...

12/23/2014

article Tsilhqot'in land ruling was a game changer for B.C.
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12/9/2014

article Native group lays claim to Stanley Park, Galiano and Saltspring Islands
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12/1/2014

article YEAR IN REVIEW: Tsilhqot'in First Nation wins landmark B.C. title claim
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11/24/2014

article B.C. judge warns First Nations claims tribunal at risk of failure
(British Columbia) -- A tribunal set up to resolve First Nations claims without a lengthy court battle is on the verge of failure, its very independence at risk, warns...

11/20/2014

article OP/ED: Bill S-6 is a fundamental violation of the modern day Yukon treaty relationship
(North Canada) -- Last Thursday, 150 people packed a room at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre in Whitehorse to discuss what to do about changes the federal government has...

10/30/2014

article Prentice to reopen land claim negotiations with Lubicon First Nation
(Edmonton) -- Alberta Premier Jim Prentice has rebooted talks with a northern aboriginal band that has been seeking a land claim for almost 80 years. "I felt it was...

10/7/2014

article B.C. Treaty Commission Urges First Nations To Resolve Overlapping Land Claims
(British Columbia) -- Despite the glacial pace of negotiations, the British Columbia treaty process remains a viable option for First Nations to pursue self-...
article It’s up to First Nations to resolve overlapping claims: B.C. Treaty Commission report
(British Columbia) -- Despite the glacial pace of negotiations, the British Columbia treaty process remains a viable option for First Nations to pursue self-...

9/24/2014

article B.C. First Nations vow to ‘work together’ with resource industries despite historic land claim ruling
(British Columbia) -- The landmark Supreme Court of Canada decision involving the Tsilhqot’in First Nation fundamentally alters the relationship between native...
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9/5/2014

article B.C. premier to address land ruling, hangings during historic visit to Tsilhqot’in Nation territory
(British Columbia) -- Christy Clark will be British Columbia’s first premier to visit the controversial Tsilhqot’in Nation territory as she negotiates a new...

8/27/2014

article Ruling requires native tribes' consent for energy projects
(Canada) -- In a historic decision, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously ruled earlier this summer that First Nations (native people) have "title" to their...

8/17/2014

article B.C. aboriginal leaders meet to talk strategy over historic land claim ruling
(British Columbia) -- Overlapping land claims are a major issue facing British Columbia First Nations as they try to move forward following a landmark land-title ruling...

8/11/2014

article University of Victoria puts First Nations land claim mapping in the spotlight
(British Columbia) -- Native communities across Canada are mapping their lands, a step that is vital in land claim negotiations since many First Nations are running into...

7/31/2014

article Tsilhqot’in Nation establish rules for mining in its territory near Williams Lake, B.C.
(British Columbia) -- A British Columbia First Nation behind a recent Supreme Court of Canada case that significantly expanded aboriginal land title rights laid out...

7/29/2014

article Treaty 8 has Northeast covered
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7/24/2014

article Council asks to co-host community forum with Tsilhqot'in Nation
(British Columbia) -- City council is offering to co-host a community forum with the Tsilhqot’in National Government to gain understanding of the effects of the...
article Palmer: Aboriginal title is like ownership, but with more weight
(British Columbia) -- When the Supreme Court of Canada granted recognition of aboriginal title recently, the landmark decision emphasized the similarity as well as the...

7/21/2014

article The Way I See It: First Nations and municipality need to communicate to negotiate treaty
(Canada) -- Commenters such as Sheldon Tetreault want us to believe that the Tsilqhot’in decision gives local First Nations the power to lay the cleaver to...

7/19/2014

article COLUMN: Tsilhqot’in ruling brings clarity – but also surprises
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7/8/2014

article Treaty vs. title: First Nations' new Tsilhqot'in choice
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7/7/2014

article Palmer: As Tsilhqot’in celebrate, treaty negotiation bills of other B.C. First Nations mount
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7/4/2014

article First Nations, B.C. cabinet to discuss land title ruling Sept. 11
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7/2/2014

article OP/ED: Land case hurts First Nations
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article Supreme Court land title ruling may affect First Nations financing
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article Tsilhqot'in decision on aboriginal title sets new rules for industry
(British Columbia) -- One of B.C.’s most influential First Nations leaders is challenging the conventional wisdom that a landmark Supreme Court of Canada ruling on...
article COLUMN: Aboriginals play the long game – but who wins?
(Canada) -- If you had a plugged nickel or several hundred millions of dollars, among the worst places to invest that money would be across the parts of British Columbia...

7/1/2014

article Historic land claims ruling urges B.C. to forge closer ties with First Nations
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article Palmer: First Nations title decision makes B.C. forest policy a balancing act
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6/29/2014

article Aboriginal title does not overrule private property, but B.C. limited on what it can do with Crown land: experts
(British Columbia) -- A historic Supreme Court of Canada decision this week on the land title rights of the Tsilhqot’in First Nation has left aboriginal leaders,...
article Landmark Supreme Court ruling grants land title to B.C. First Nation (with video)
(Ottawa) -- A room full of surprised veteran B.C. Aboriginal leaders erupted in “cheers and tears” after the Supreme Court of Canada, in the most important...
article Putting the Supreme Court ruling on Aboriginal title in context
(Canada) -- Thursday’s stunning Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruling, extending the scope of Indigenous rights to include the right to permanently control “...
article Supreme Court had 'no other choice' in landmark ruling: lawyer
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article The Age of Recognition: The Significance of the William Decision
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6/28/2014

article BLOG: The Long Tsilhqot’in Journey to Aboriginal Title
(British Columbia) -- THE WEBSITE of the Xeni Gwet’in (pronounced Honey Gwi-deen) reads like a manifesto: In a world full of travel promises, some kept others not...
article FSIN Chief Bellegarde says Tsilhqot’in decision ‘bolsters’ treaty argument for resource revenue sharing
(Saskatchewan) -- Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde said Thursday’s Supreme Court of Canada ruling acknowledging the Tsilhqot’...

6/27/2014

article New risks seen in court’s native land ruling
(Calgary) -- A Supreme Court decision on B.C. native land titles creates new risks for a resource sector already struggling to deal with aboriginal opposition, industry...
article Ruling on land rights has value for First Nations in Saskatchewan, FSIN says
(Saskatchewan) -- The historic Supreme Court of Canada decision on aboriginal land rights is being viewed as a valuable precedent by Perry Bellegarde, chief of the...
article Supreme Court ruling could affect Northern land claims
(North Canada) -- A Supreme Court of Canada ruling awarding the Tsilhqot'in' people in British Columbia aboriginal title to land in their traditional territory...
article Supreme Court's Tsilhqot'in First Nation ruling a game-changer for all
(Ottawa) -- The Supreme Court decision on Thursday granting the land claim of a B.C. First Nation is not only a game-changer for many aboriginal communities across the...
article First Nation land decision will affect Ring of Fire: NAN
(Ontario) -- Nishnawbe Aski Nation says a landmark court decision will significantly impact development of the Ring of Fire. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Thursday...
article Enbridge dead, LNG delayed by ‘historic’ Supreme Court ruling: Aboriginal leaders
(British Columbia) -- The night before the historic Supreme Court decision on Thursday, granting new powers to First Nations to control oil and gas pipeline and other...
article Energy group says historic Supreme Court ruling brings clarity
(Calgary) -- An energy industry group says the Supreme Court ruling on aboriginal title brings clarity to government decisions on First Nations lands. Speaking Thursday...

6/26/2014

article Canada's aboriginals score big win in land title case
(British Columbia) -- Aboriginal peoples in the province of British Columbia can stake a broad claim to their traditional territories due to a landmark victory at the...
article First Nations 'ecstatic' over historic Supreme Court ruling
(British Columbia) -- It's being hailed as a significant victory for First Nations, and aboriginal people across the country are celebrating today's Supreme...
article Landmark Supreme Court ruling grants land title to B.C. First Nation (with video)
(Ottawa) -- A room full of surprised veteran B.C. Aboriginal leaders erupted in “cheers and tears” after the Supreme Court of Canada, in the most important...
article Ruling over land in B.C. has ripple effects across Canada
(British Columbia) -- A landmark decision involving aboriginal rights and title in British Columbia is already having ripple effects, with one First Nation saying it...
article Supreme Court expands land-title rights in unanimous ruling
(British Columbia) -- The Supreme Court of Canada has put aboriginals on a new footing in a landmark ruling that has huge implications for natural-resource industries...
article Tsilhqot'in First Nation granted B.C. title claim in Supreme Court ruling
(British Columbia) -- The Supreme Court of Canada has granted declaration of aboriginal title to more than 1,700 square kilometres of land in British Columbia to the...
article Canada aboriginal court win sparks new pipeline questions
(Ottawa) -- Aboriginals in British Columbia can stake a broad claim to traditional territories due to a landmark Supreme Court of Canada decision that also raises new...
article Land claims court ruling reshapes resource sector nationwide
(Canada) -- Far beyond British Columbia, where a First Nation asserted its rights to ancestral land, proponents of resource development projects will now confront a...
article Manitobans weigh in on landmark B.C. land claim ruling
(Manitoba) -- Manitoba First Nations leaders and experts are applauding a landmark court ruling that gives a British Columbia First Nation title claim over land...
article Supreme Court opens the door on aboriginal land title claims
(British Columbia) -- The Northern Gateway project will likely have more court dates in its future thanks to a Supreme Court ruling today involving a BC First Nation.

6/28/2012

article Feds ordered to pay $15M in damages to Nunavut group
(North Canada) -- A Nunavut judge has ordered the federal government to pay a Nunavut land claims group $14.8 million in damages for failing to properly implement the...

6/27/2012

article Aboriginal land rights upheld by B.C. Court of Appeal
(British Columbia) -- Key aspects of a landmark decision concerning aboriginal rights and title have been upheld by the Court of Appeal for British Columbia.
article B.C. court rules against territorial land claim in case likely headed for appeal
(British Columbia) -- The Supreme Court of Canada appears destined to once again wade into the contentious issue of aboriginal land claims after a British Columbia court...
article Court affirms Tsilhqot'in Nation hunting rights, not title
(British Columbia) -- The B.C. Court of Appeal has upheld a landmark B.C. Supreme Court judgment affirming the Tsilhqot'in Nation's aboriginal rights — but...
article Decision in native land rights likely to lead to Supreme Court of Canada
(British Columbia) -- After five years and $30 million in litigation, the B.C. Court of Appeal has dismissed sweeping aboriginal title but defined a new “postage-...
article Senate report blames federal roadblocks for stalled B.C. First Nations land claims
(Ottawa) -- The federal government's narrow "take-it-or-leave-it" approach to B.C. land claims negotiations is one of the reasons almost 20 years of...

2/14/2012

article Algonquin land claim deal near, lawyer says
(British Columbia) -- As the federal government grapples with festering aboriginal discontent, the chief negotiator for the Algonquins of Ontario says the group is on...
article First Nations say they should be able to acquire land for financial reasons
(Ottawa) -- First Nations in Canada don't have enough land for viable economic development and that has to change, a Senate committee heard Tuesday.

1/16/2012

article Mohawk Man Accused of ‘Stealing’ Land May Prompt Resolution of Land Claim Lawsuit
(Canada) -- The case of a Mohawk man arrested in December for “stealing land” may be the engine that moves forward a land claim lawsuit that has languished...

12/29/2011

article Métis Stake Their Claim in the Supreme Court
(Manitoba) -- The Métis are anxiously awaiting a Supreme Court decision on a potentially precedent-setting land claim covering 1.4 million acres in Manitoba.

7/27/2011

article Aboriginal Affairs confirms “new approach” for specific claims
(Ottawa) -- Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada has released its first, initial response to reports from APTN National News about “take-it-or-leave-...
article Feds’ land claim offers don’t include Six Nations
(Ottawa) -- Six Nations land claims are not part of a move by Ottawa to present final offers in dozens of First Nations land claim negotiations that have dragged on for...
article Ottawa to present 'final offers' in land claim talks
(Ottawa) -- Ottawa is moving to present what it calls "final offers" in dozens of First Nations land claim negotiations that have been dragging on for years.

7/26/2011

article AFN seeks clarity on reports of ultimatum on land claims
(Ottawa) -- The Assembly of First Nations wants an immediate clarification from the federal government about reports that Ottawa is moving to cut off specific land...
article APTN says Ottawa to offer 'take-it-or-leave-it' option on land claims
(Ottawa) -- APTN National News reports that Ottawa is moving to cut off specific land claims negotiations, leaving Indian bands with a take-it-or-leave-it option on the...
article How claims are submitted, negotiated
(Canada) -- In 1969, the government of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau tabled the White Paper on Indian Policy, which proposed eliminating the Indian Act and native status...
article Not all Native land claims face final offer, minister says
(Ottawa) -- The federal government is attempting to speed land claim negotiations, reportedly presenting ‘‘final offers’’ in long-term talks with...
article Ottawa bargaining in bad faith on land claims, native groups say
(Ottawa) -- Native organizations have accused the federal government of negotiating in bad faith by imposing deadlines and making “take-it-or-leave-it”...
article Ottawa to present final offers in First Nations land claim negotiations
(Ottawa) -- The federal government is moving to present what it calls “final offers” in dozens of First Nations land claim negotiations that have been...

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