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“There is an old saying, sow the same seeds, reap the same rewards.”

As lawyer Troy Hunter thoroughly points out in his article in the Vancouver Sun, British Columbia could in a very troublesome spot in regard to Aboriginal land interests.

The majority of British Columbia has been built on Aboriginal land that has not been ceded. As BC Court of Appeal Justice Mary Southin has remarked:

“Sooner or later, the question of whether those who hold certificates of indefeasible title, whether to ranch lands on Kamloops Lake or to a small lot with a house on it on Railway Avenue in the Village of Ashcroft or an office tower on Georgia Street in the City of Vancouver, are subject to claims of aboriginal right must be decided.”

With more aboriginal title claims in the works, Southin’s comments are particularly important.

Image credit: Kevin Dooley via Flickr Creative Commons

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