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How a historic court decision is driving a new wave of First Nations protests

Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw hereditary-chiefs

Three hereditary chiefs of the Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw issued the eviction notice to a fish farm on the north end of Vancouver Island this week. (Tamo Campos/YouTube)

Native protesters moving on fish farms in wake of landmark decision recognizing First Nations land rights

By Richard Zussman, CBC News, August 27, 2016

Fish farms along British Columbia’s West Coast have been at the centre of political and environmental battles for years, but this time it’s a two-year-old legal decision that’s behind the string of recent protests by First Nations against the industry. Read the rest of this entry

Tsilhqot’in enact laws to govern territory after historic court win

Chief Roger William of Xeni Gwet'in speaks at a news conference where UBCIC chiefs react to a Supreme Court Decision on the aboriginal title appeal, in Vancouver June 26, 2014. Photograph by: Nick Procaylo , PNG.

Chief Roger William of Xeni Gwet’in speaks at a news conference where UBCIC chiefs react to a Supreme Court Decision on the aboriginal title appeal, in Vancouver June 26, 2014.
Photograph by: Nick Procaylo , PNG.

The Vancouver Sun/Canadian Press, March 20, 2015

WILLIAMS LAKE – A British Columbia aboriginal nation granted rights and title by Canada’s high court has introduced its own laws governing its territory and resources within the area.

The Tsilhqot’in National Government has enacted the so-called Nemiah Declaration that prevents mining and commercial logging, stops commercial road building and requires visitors to get permission before entering the land.

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Hard life lessons fuel Elsipogtog man’s passion to stop frackers

Kenneth Francis, a member of the Elsipogtog First Nation, is planning on launching a legal challenge to prevent fracking on Aboriginal territory in New Brunswick. (Credit: Ann Pohl).

Kenneth Francis, a member of the Elsipogtog First Nation, is planning on launching a legal challenge to prevent fracking on Aboriginal territory in New Brunswick. (Credit: Ann Pohl).

Inspired by the victory of B.C.’s Tsilhqot’in Nation, Kenneth Francis of New Brunswick’s Elsipogtog First Nation wants to lead his people into court