The law around Aboriginal land interests in Canada is complex and challenging. In filing a legal (Aboriginal-title) claim against the federal and provincial government, members of the Nuchatlaht First Nation expressed their position quite simply.

“We have to manage first so everybody can benefit — this is not just for Nuchatlaht but … that everybody can benefit,” says Archie Little of the Nuchalaht. The First Nation claims that over the past 150 years commercial interests have allowed corporations to prosper from these lands at the expense of the people.

As a result, the Nuchatlaht are seeking the Supreme Court of BC to recognize their legal title to traditional lands on Vancouver Island. They are also seeking the cessation of logging on their territory.

As Little says, “The management schemes of today is all economically driven, which we don’t believe in.”

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