Essay: A brief look at the Tsilhqot’in Nation Aboriginal title case


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September 24, 2015

“It only took 150 years, but we look forward to a much brighter future. This without question will establish a solid platform for genuine reconciliation to take place in British Columbia.”

– Grand Chief Stuart Phillip (as quoted by CBC, 2014)

On June 26th, 2014, for the first time in Canadian history, the Supreme Court of Canada declared Aboriginal title to a Canadian First Nation. The Tsilhqot’in Nation Aboriginal Title Case Decision (also referred to as the William Case Decision) resulted in Aboriginal title to nearly 1,900 square kilometers in south central British Columbia. Aboriginal title designates primary control of land — including the right to enjoy and profit from the land. Stemming from a series of cumulative legal proceedings spanning over two decades, the Williams Case Decision resulted in a landmark decision that is sure to change the future of land claims and economic development for Canadian First Nations.


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