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Why Canadian Law Should be on the Side of the Wet’suwet’en in the Pipeline Confrontation – First People’s Law

January 10, 2019

The standoff between Wet’suwet’en hereditary Chiefs and the RCMP in northern British Columbia is strewn with painful ironies. Below I outline two of them.

Irony #1: The Wet’suwet’en Chiefs’ actions are a manifestation of Aboriginal title

Under Canadian law, the exclusive occupation of Indigenous lands is both a requirement to prove Aboriginal title and a right that flows from Aboriginal title.

The Gidmet’en Checkpoint was an indicator of Wet’suwet’en Aboriginal title and an expression of that title.

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