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Sechelt Nation says recent Supreme Court ruling adds momentum to their cases

Local Governments on the Sunshine Coast are hearing a strong message about how area First Nations see a recent Supreme Court ruling involving aboriginal rights and title.
The Tsilqhot’in case affirmed First Nations have authority over land use in traditional territories.
At a recent Community to Community Forum between local governments and the Sechelt, Squamish and Sliammon First Nations, Sechelt Chief Calvin Craigan said they’ll be intensifying their efforts to exert that authority.
Gibsons Mayor Wayne Rowe says the message is clear.
Craigan followed up his comments at the Forum with a press release highlighting ongoing issues in Pender Harbour, saying the province has infringed on their title with serious negative impacts on cultural heritage sites, fisheries, and resources.

Craigan is quoted in the release as saying, “We have been trying for years to resolve issues at Pender Harbour, and on multiple times we have thought we were close to resolution only to see the Province change course at the 12th hour. The Tsilqhot’in case makes it clear that in areas such as Pender Harbour where the Province has clear evidence of our Title interests they cannot and must not continue to act as they have been. We expect to see real change in Provincial conduct, and a real resolution to issues such as Pender Harbour move forward.”

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