UBCM Session Examines Historic Land Title Decision

The Tsilhqot’in land title decision, and its impacts on local governments, will be explored as part of a UBCM Convention Plenary Session that features Chief Roger William along with legal and government representatives.

This Plenary Session will take place September 23 from 1:45 – 3:00 p.m. at the Whistler Conference Centre (Ballroom A). It will take the form of a panel discussion, moderated by Councillor Murry Krause, Chair of the UBCM First Nations Relations Committee. Chief Roger William, Xeni Gwet’in First Nation, and Director, Cariboo Regional District will provide an overview of the decision from the Tsilhqot’in Nation’s point of view. Legal, federal and provincial representatives have also been invited to provide their perspectives. This session will touch on a number of topics and subject matter areas that affect local governments, helping those in attendance understand how this decision will affect their communities now, and in the future.  

On June 26, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada concluded that the Tsilhqot’in Nation had established Aboriginal title to over 1,750 km2 of territory in the Cariboo-Chilcotin region of British Columbia. Also known as the ‘William Case’, this decision marked the first time in Canadian law that a declaration of Aboriginal title had been made, building on prior cases, which indicated that Aboriginal title, as a legal concept, existed.

The 2014 UBCM Convention takes place in Whistler, B.C. on September 22-26, 2014.  

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