B.C. government approves $5.3-billion copper-gold mine in province’s north: CP

The British Columbia government has granted environmental approval for a proposed $5.3-billion mine in the provinces north, which would tap into one of the largest gold and copper deposits in the world and has already received support from local First Nations. The provincial...
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Top B.C. aboriginal leader to run for Justin Trudeau Liberals in Metro Vancouver riding. Jody Wilson-Raybould expected to be acclaimed in Vancouver Granville: VANCOUVER SUN

When Jody Wilson-Raybould was growing up in Comox she watched proudly in class as her father urged prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, during a nationally televised conference, to include an aboriginal rights section in the 1982 Constitution Act. On Thursday, Wilson-Raybould,...
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Ont. First Nations prepared to lay down their lives to protect lands: chiefs: CP

Aboriginal people in Ontario are prepared to lay down their lives to protect their traditional lands from any unwanted development, a group of First Nations chiefs said Tuesday. Five aboriginal chiefs served notice on the Ontario and federal governments, developers and the public...
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Big boost for fights, leaders say: WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

First Nations leaders in Manitoba fighting for their fair share of the land hailed Thursday’s Supreme Court of Canada decision as a victory. “This landmark decision only bolsters what we’ve been saying,” said Chief Arlen Dumas of Mathias Colomb Cree...
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Hundreds of struggling junior miners face delisting in crisis: REUTERS

The downturn in the mining industry is beginning to ripple through brokerage firms and investment banks in Canada. One small brokerage firm, Fraser Mackenzie Ltd., closed earlier this year. Casimir Capital Ltd., a closely held investment bank, has cut jobs on its mining team and...
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Government and First Nations renew agreement: WL TRIBUNE

Five Tsilhqot’in communities have signed a renewed three-year agreement with the provincial government, formalizing a single window for referrals on natural resources within their traditional territories. Last Tuesday leaders from Alexis Creek Indian Band, Tl’etinqox-t’in...
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Seminal court ruling may affect future of First Nation engagement. MININGWEEKLY.COM

The wheels of justice are known for moving slowly. For the Tsilhqot’in Nation they started to grind in 1989, before a ruling by Canada’s Supreme Court finally stopped them on June 26. Delivering a unanimous verdict, the court recognised a claim brought by chief Roger William...
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Gwich’in Tribal Council makes its case in court. WHITEHORSE STAR

First Nations and environmental groups made their final arguments to protect the Peel River watershed Tuesday, with a Gwich’in Tribal Council lawyer insisting the recommended land-use plan should be legally binding on government. Jeff Langlois told Yukon Supreme Court that the...
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Who owns Canada? Judgment blueprint in unsettled land claims: EDMONTON JOURNAL

Who owns Banff and Jasper National Parks? Who owns the land your house is on? Are aboriginal treaties final? One of the most important decisions that will define and redefine the map of Canada for generations to come was just released. On June 26, the Supreme Court of Canada...
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First Nations, gov’t summit gains newfound urgency: PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN

Invitations went out this week for an unprecedented “all-chiefs gathering,” aimed at shoring up the relationship between the B.C. Liberal government and the 200 First Nations in the province. “On behalf of the Honourable Christy Clark, premier of B.C., in...
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Tsilhqot’in case not a template for resolving all First Nations land disputes. BUSINESS IN VANCOUVER

A Supreme Court of Canada decision that awarded aboriginal title to the Tsilhqot’in First Nation may not necessarily stop projects like the Northern Gateway pipeline. Even aboriginal title can be trumped by senior governments for projects like highways or pipelines deemed...
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Gitxsan First Nation evicting rail, logging, fishing interests: Other B.C. bands also making claims following Supreme Court of Canada ruling: CP

British Columbia First Nations are wasting no time in enforcing their claim on traditional lands in light of a landmark Supreme Court of Canada decision recognizing aboriginal land title. The hereditary chiefs of the Gitxsan First Nations served notice Thursday to CN Rail,...
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