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Canada's Supreme Court rules in favor of B.C. First Nations land claim


Last updated 7/23/2014 at 9:17pm

Protect Fish Lake

Fish Lake in British Columbia, part of the Aboriginal territory of the Tsilhqot'in Nation, which was included in the Supreme Court's ruling.

OTTAWA, ON-The highest court in Canada issued a landmark decision June 26, 2014, recognizing Native title in British Columbia and defining what it means.

The Tsilhqot'in Nation, a coalition of First Nations, laid claim to about 656 square miles (1,750 kilometers) in the western region of the province. The Supreme Court of Canada affirmed their title to the land and said they have a right to use, enjoy and profit from it.

"In simple terms, the title holders have the right to the benefits associated with the land-to use it, enjoy it and profit from its economic development," the decision st...

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