This is the first time the Supreme Court has recognized an aboriginal title claim to a specific piece of land. Title claims involve land for which there is no treaty land that was never ceded.
It is unclear what this ruling's implications are for the proposed Northern Gateway oil pipeline, which the government conditionally approved earlier this month.
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First Nation on Thursday, in a decades old land claim dispute, is widely expected to give Native communities more influence in major resource development projects going forward.
The ruling is expected to set a precedent for other unresolved land claims. It establishes clearer guidelines for government when it comes to development and its duty to consult on resource projects.
never signed treaties or land agreements, but the band argued it could claim title because the band has traditionally occupied the land since before European settlers arrived.
First Nation wins landmark land claim case
The unanimous decision grants title over a 1,750 square kilometre region to the Tsilhqot'in Nation and gives the community control over what development takes place there.
Reacting to the decision Thursday, Tsilhqot'in Nation Chief Roger William said "once the first people of this country have title, then only good things are going to come."
is consistent with the Crown's fiduciary obligation to the group," Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin wrote.
The band said the licences contravened the right of its people to use the land for hunting and fishing. They set up blockades and took the matter to court. Nike Metcon Blue Lagoon
"Once aboriginal title is confirmed, the lands are 'vested' in the aboriginal group and the lands are no longer Crown lands," McLachlin wrote.
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Aboriginal title isn't absolute, but the ruling means agriculture, forestry, mining, and hydroelectric or pipeline development proposed for the area will require consent from the Tsilhqot'in Nation.
"We have come from our land, we come from our people, from our history," he Nike Zoom Shoes For Men said. "We are part of the land."
It also allows aboriginal title to be challenged by the provinces, not just the federal government. government issued logging permits for land the Tsilhqot'in Nation claimed as its own.
While the Assembly of First Nations praised the Supreme Court's decision, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt said in a statement he would "review the decision."
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