When the Supreme Court of Canada handed down a land title decision in favour of British Columbia’s Tsilhqot’in Nation, aboriginal leaders celebrated saying it gives their group a solid legal weapon to remind governments and potential industrial developers of who holds the power.
It’s a club the chiefs who make up the seven First Nations of the Tsilhqot’in say they plan to wield in the new year.
Last June, the unanimous decision from the Supreme Court of Canada granted the Tsilhqot’in title to more than 1,750 square kilometres of land in the remote Nemiah Valley in B.C.’s Chilcotin region. The ruling made them the first aboriginal band in Canada to win title to their territory.
Tsilhqot’in Chief Joe Alphonse said getting the federal government to address long-standing concerns about fisheries management and military presence on their territory are priorities of his people who are prepared to launch new legal actions if they don’t