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Aboriginal Rights and Title

General Resource
BC Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation List of Landmark Court Cases

Court Cases Related to Aboriginal Rights and Title in British Columbia
Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia, 2012 (Court of Appeal)
Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia, 2007 (35mb pdf file) (Supreme Court of BC); see my blog for more information.

Taseko Mines Limited v. Phillips, 2011 BCSC 1675

Lax Kw’alaams Indian Band v. Canada (Attorney General), 2011 SCC 56
Lax Kw’alaams Indian Band v. Canada (Attorney General), 2009 BCCA 593
Lax Kw’alaams Indian Band v. Canada (Attorney General), 2008 BCSC 447

Regina v. Kapp (2008 SCC 41); Aboriginal Right to Fish. See my blog for more information.

Hupacasath First Nation v. British Columbia (Minister of Forests) et al., 2005 (Click here for comments and other information regarding this decision and its impact on First Nations title.)

R. v. Marshall; R. v. Bernard, 2005 (New Brunswick and Nova Scotia; click here for comments regarding impact on title in BC.)

Huu-Ay-Aht First Nation et al. v. The Minister of Forests et al., 2005

Taku River Tlingit First Nation v. British Columbia, 2004

Haida Nation v. Province of British Columbia (Minister of Forests), 2004

Delgamuukw v. British Columbia, 1997 (Supreme Court of Canada)
Delgamuukw v. British Columbia, 1994 (BC Court of Appeals)
Delgamuukw v. British Columbia, 1991 (Supreme Court of BC)

NTC Smokehouse v. The Queen, 1996

Van Der Peet v. The Queen, 1996

Sparrow v. The Queen, 1990

Calder v. Attorney General of British Columbia, 1970, 74 W.W.R. 481 (B.C.C.A.), aff’d [1973] S.C.R. 313

Aboriginal Recognition Act (BC; postponed)
Note: The text of this act has not been made public. See news about it on my blog.

BC Treaties
BC Government’s Links to Treaties, Completed and Pending

Completed Agreements

Sliammon (Sunshine Coast) (Final Agreement Signed March 15, 2014; Implementation set for April 2016)

Yale First Nation (April 13, 2013)

Maa-Nuulth (Vancouver Island)
Note: This treaty was ratified by the Maa-Nulth Treaty Group in October, 2007; it was ratified later by the Province of BC. The federal government signed the treaty on April 9, 2009. See my blog for more details. Implementation occurred April 1, 2011.

Tsawwassen (Lower Mainland)
Note: This agreement was ratified by the Tsawwassen in July 2007 and the BC Legislature in October 2007. It became law on April 3, 2009. See my blog for more details. (News stories about the treaty taking effect are here.)

Nisga’a Treaty (2000)

Treaty 8

Agreements in Principle (BC Treaty Process)
Yekooche (Fort St. James)

Snuneymuxw (Nanaimo)

Lheidli T’enneh (Prince George)
Note: This agreement was rejected by the Lheidli T’enneh on March 30, 2007. For links to news stories about the rejection, see my blog.

In-SHUCK-ch (Fraser Valley)

Treaty Organizations
BC Treaty Commission

First Nations Summit

Union of BC Indian Chiefs

Languages of Native North America
Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA)

Summer Intitute of Linguistics (SIL)

Yinka Déné Language Institute

Yukon Native Language Centre

(This page was updated on March 18, 2014.)