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Coastal First Nations reacts to Tsilhqot’in Decision
(Vancouver, June 26, 2014) – The Tsilhqot’in decision is a major victory for all First Nations people in British Columbia and Canada. “It represents a massive shift in the relationship between First Nations and governments,” said Art Sterritt.
Sterritt, the executive director of the Coastal First Nations, said the decision also reaffirms the long road First Nations been on for the last 45 years. “Many of our leaders have worked tirelessly to get to this point where the Supreme Court of Canada has unanimously recognized our Aboriginal Rights to the land.”
First Nations owe a lot of gratitude to the Tsilhqot’in people, he said. “We thank and honour Chief Roger William, Tsilhqot’in chiefs, elders, community members and his team for their perseverance and unwavering commitment.”
We also want to honour and acknowledge the courage and commitment of First Nations who helped set the table for the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation to take their case to the Supreme Court of Canada. “We pay respect to the late Frank Calder and the Nisga’a and to Delgamuukw and Gisday’way who paved the way for the Tsilhoqot’in and many other cases on Aboriginal Rights and Title. These court cases provided us with major building blocks with which to carry out our work.”
Sterritt said we look forward to building new relationship with Canada and BC based on respect and equality.
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Art Sterritt, Executive Director
Coastal First Nations