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Before reconciliation, we need to acknowledge the truth – Bowen Island Undercurrent

by ahnationtalk on January 11, 2019151 Views

January 10, 2019

The Canadian government loves talking about reconciliation but is it in a position to do so?

On January 7, a heavily-armed RCMP force raided a camp set-up to block TransCanada Corp. (the company changed its name to TC Energy on January 9) from building a natural gas pipeline through unceded Wet’suwet’en territory.

The Wet’suwet’en people have occupied their territory since time immemorial. They have never given up rights and title to their land, nor have most of the other nations in the area known as British Columbia.

The British colonial government simply took this land, and denied that the original inhabitants had rights and title to it.

However, in 1997, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed this claim in Delgamuukw v. BC. The court ruled that the B.C. government had no right to extinguish the Indigenous peoples’ rights to their ancestral territories.

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