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Vaughn Palmer: Top court’s title ruling sidestepped charged issue of private property

July 3, 2014
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

VICTORIA — When the Supreme Court of Canada brought down the landmark decision in favour of aboriginal title last week, non-native British Columbians must have wondered about the impact on private land, including any of their own. The short answer was that private land was not at issue in the title case brought by the Tsilhqot’in people. A small portion of the territory covered by their claim did consist of privately owned land but “no declaration of aboriginal title over these lands is sought before this court,” as Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin noted.